Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced funding for a long-awaited Southern Cross LADS Driver Training Track under a re-elected Coalition Government.
“This project has been talked about since our community’s tragic loss of four young lives in a car crash at Broken Head in 2006,” Mr Hogan said.
“Any life lost on our roads is far too many. This ‘shovel ready’ project will help train our young people to make them safer drivers.”
The track will be about 500 metres in circumference and built on a 50 acre site on the outskirts of Lismore.
It will feature various road conditions including ‘wet’ conditions, roundabouts for vision and steering training, corners of various radii, a straight sufficient for vehicles to accelerate to 80km/h, sand traps and a spectator viewing area.
The Federal Government is contributing $250,000 to kick start the project, with donations raised by Southern Cross LADS making up the remainder.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Southern Cross LADS for not only raising awareness about the need for better driver education but for also fundraising since early 2007, together with many service clubs, to make it a reality.