An innovative program aimed at encouraging road safety awareness, leadership and wellbeing among young Indigenous people has been launched in NSW with the assistance of Transport for NSW (TfNSW).
The program will see sporting stars from the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants play leading roles, reflecting the fact that TfNSW had partnered with the AFL teams since 2014.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said more than 20 girls between the ages of 11 and 16 participated in the first of two female Indigenous Youth Leadership Programs held at Homebush earlier in the month.
“This exciting initiative supported by Transport for NSW has James Bell from the Sydney Swans teaming up with GWS Giants stars Zac Williams and Delma Gisu (pictured) to lead development camps for young aspiring players,” Mr Toole said.
“More than half of the girls in attendance are from regional NSW and often spend a long time on the road travelling to games.”
He said the program encouraged road safety awareness, leadership and wellbeing through workshops focused on decision-making and leadership principles, goal setting, and culture and identity workshops.
“It is hoped the girls who attended will feel empowered to go back to their own communities and encourage others to make better decisions on our roads and help drive the road toll Towards Zero,” Mr Toole said.