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Funding for DriveLink program

Wednesday, 27 March In

We've received funding to keep running our popular DriveLink program!

It’s great to finally receive some funding as well as acknowledgement of such a valuable program.

Cr Narelle Sharpe
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The Federal Government recently informed us that we’d been successful in our application for $50,000 for a Fostering Integration Grant through its Community Grants Hub.

DriveLink helps newly-arrived migrants and refugees in gaining supervised driving practice to prepare them for their driving test and safe solo driving in a new country.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said the successful grant was the result of tireless work by Council officers over the past year to secure funding.

“We’ve worked hard to gain support for our DriveLink program and it’s great to finally receive some funding as well as acknowledgement of such a valuable program,” Cr Sharpe said.

“We are very excited to be able to continue running this program, which supports newly-arrived migrants and refugees prepare for their licence test and driving in a new country.”

Community Wellbeing spokesperson Cr Jim Cusack encouraged people to sign up as volunteers and support people in need. We currently have 36 people on the waiting list and not enough volunteers to meet the demand.

“All you need is a full driver’s licence and a couple of hours of your time,” Cr Cusack said.

“Many of the people involved in the program are older, recently-arrived community members with language barriers and limited social networks and finances."

 

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