More to Timber Cup Aboriginal league match than football
THE inaugural Timber Cup Aboriginal representative rugby league match in Lismore on Saturday will feature more than just great football.
The event is being cross-promoted with the Aboriginal driver programs on offer at ACE Community Colleges and TAFE NSW that aim to help indigenous school and work trainees gain a driver's licence.
Tabulam elder and ACE Community College senior driving instructor Uncle Bucky says the programs empower Aboriginal people to get their licence.
"Getting a licence means they have a greater chance of getting employment and can assist their families to get to sporting comps," Uncle Bucky said.
According to Jan Levy from ACE, it delivers a full spectrum driving program from Ls to Ps.
The programs are being delivered in remote communities such as Cabbage Tree Island, Muli Muli and Jubullum Village, Tabulam.
"The RMS have shown forward thinking by funding this," Ms Levy said.
Basil Cameron, 23, is doing the 120 driving hours to gain his licence with his grandfather, Uncle Bucky.
Mr Cameron had tried for his licence at 18 but failed twice and gave up.
"Now I realise it's all about practice," Mr Cameron said.
The Timber Cup will see local players of Aboriginal descent compete this Saturday on Crozier Field in Lismore.
Top indigenous players from Byron Bay to Maclean, have been divided into two teams, the Southern Bundjalung Bingings (turtles) and the Northern Bundjalung Warriors.
The Timber Cup is not new; it may have been contested back in the 1930s between teams with indigenous players from Tabulam, Coraki and Wardell.
Organisers now hope the cup becomes an annual event.