Boyne Island Lions Club president Rick Bichse lends support to Tannum Sands State High School students Hayley Beaumont, 17, and Phil Crowe, 17, under the Safe Drive Training program.
Boyne Island Lions Club president Rick Bichse lends support to Tannum Sands State High School students Hayley Beaumont, 17, and Phil Crowe, 17, under the Safe Drive Training program. Chrissy Harris

$10,000 to help students

BOYNE Island Lions Club is playing its part in getting our youngest drivers safely on to the road.

The club has agreed to provide a $10,000 sponsorship over five years to students at Tannum Sands State High School participating in the Safe Drive Training program being offered to L and P-plate licence holders.

Run by Brisbane-based company Safe Drive Training, the program consists of theoretical and practical components, which teach participants valuable driving skills such as a range of braking scenarios under wet and dry conditions and evasive actions.

Highly trained and skilled instructors run the program which is undertaken in four different types of vehicles, both automatic and manual.

Offered to all local high schools, the program is run sporadically throughout the year from the Benaraby Raceway.

The last program for 2010 was staged last Sunday, however, more courses have been planned for 2011.

Tannum Sands State High School teacher Scott Barnard said he was pleased the Boyne Island Lions Club had provided financial help for teenagers undertaking the course.

Mr Barnard said Tannum Sands State High School students participating in the program over the coming years would benefit greatly from a subsidy allocated through this funding sponsorship.

He said the school had picked up and run with the program, promoting it to the students since it began operating locally from July.

“It is a really worthwhile course for parents and students,” Mr Barnard said.

“I would thoroughly recommend the program for L and P-platers to give them some experience.

“We’ve had about 30 students do the program and I would hope to maintain, if not better, these participation rates next year.”

Boyne Island Lions Club publicity officer Cecily Burkett said the club thought the program was a great idea that benefited local learner drivers and road users.

Ms Burkett said the club was happy to support a valuable program like Safe Drive Training.



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