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WorkPac donates $20,000 and car to youth program in Blackwater

07/02/2017BY: Tracey Mesken

​WorkPac and its indigenous division JobTrail, is partnering with Wesfarmers to sponsor the Police Citizens Youth Club’s Braking the Cycle program in Blackwater.

The launch of the program was held at the Blackwater PCYC yesterday in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland.

The program provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to obtain their driving licence through the support of a volunteer mentor network and access to a vehicle.

Members of the police force and local council attended the launch with representatives from WorkPac, Wesfarmers Curragh and the Queensland Department of Transport.

Sergeant Dominic Richardson, PCYC Branch Manager, spoke about the importance of holding a drivers licence, explaining that it was a core life and work skill in a community where there is no public transport.

A drivers licence is a standard employment requirement and without access to a car and family support, it can become a barrier too large to overcome.

WorkPac donated the vehicle and $20,000 to help fund expenses such as fuel and servicing.

Giving the community access to a vehicle and providing a supportive network of mentors who can assist with the required 100 log hours helps young people break the cycle of disadvantage.

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Pictured left to right: Julian Genn, JobTrail; Liz Blythe, Wesfarmers Curragh; Sgt Dominic Richardson, PCYC Blackwater; Rachel Schurmann, PCYC Blackwater.

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Pictured: The first participants in the Braking the Cycle program.