Moree Plains Shire Council to host free online workshops, helping learner drivers become safer drivers

Are you supervising a learner driver or going to in the near future? This workshop is for you. Photo: Transport for NSW
Are you supervising a learner driver or going to in the near future? This workshop is for you. Photo: Transport for NSW

Moree Plains Shire Council will be hosting two free online workshops to help parents, carers and supervisors equip learner drivers with the tools to become safe drivers.

The online workshops will be delivered by Transport for NSW, as part of council's commitment to improve road safety around the shire.

With young drivers one of the most at-risk groups on our roads, the workshop will help equip parents and supervisors with practical advice and information on how to provide effective and safe practice sessions for learner drivers.

The workshops, which will be held online next week, will provide advice about the role of the supervising driver, the importance of on-road driving experience and how this can be obtained.

In addition to educational campaigns, council has also been undertaking a number of road upgrades over the past few years to further improve road safety around the shire.

Last month, mayor Katrina Humphries joined a road show with the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall to inspect various roads across the shire earmarked for works.

Through the NSW Government's new $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, council's road projects have received a much needed boost to accelerate delivery of these much needed upgrades by securing $3.4 million to improve our local road network:

  • Sealing of curves on SR108 Burrington Road $560,588
  • Arterial sealing of 5.8km of Terry Hie Hie Road $1,087,500
  • Intersection upgrades with State Highways $690,000
  • Local roads bridge approaches sealing $502,500
  • Sealing of curves on SR1 Watercourse Road $622,463

Council is confident that construction of these projects could commence within months, meeting the criteria of the funding and delivering the project within a two-year timeline.

"Fixing and caring for our local roads is necessary to keep us all connected across this vast shire, efficiently move products from farm to market but equally important, is ensuring that users of our roads arrive at their destination safe and sound," Cr Humphries said.

"The conditions of our roads play a key role in this and even more so, when our new, young and inexperienced drivers are beginning to navigate our roads. We welcome the funding received from the state government to assist in funding these works.

"Upgrades to our road network together with education programs and workshops to provide road safety advice to our new drivers are all part of the parcel council is delivering to our community to ensure we all make it home safe after each and every journey."

The online 'Helping learner drivers become safer drivers' workshops will take place from 6pm to 7.15pm on Wednesday, August 19 and from 12.30pm to 1.45pm on Thursday, August 20.

Registration is essential as a limited number of spots are available for each online workshop.

To register residents should email renee.mcmillan@mpsc.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6757 3277.