Craig Nolan (left) and daughter Sam, Peter Nielsen, John Tooley and Matt McDonald, with Southern Cross LADS representatives Donna Jelsma, and her niece, Jessie New.
Craig Nolan (left) and daughter Sam, Peter Nielsen, John Tooley and Matt McDonald, with Southern Cross LADS representatives Donna Jelsma, and her niece, Jessie New. The Northern Star/Ross Irby

Lismore driver education centre still on track

THE driver education centre to be built near Lismore is on track as more donations continue to be made to Southern Cross LADS.

Borderline Street Rodders have a passion for their cars and like many other groups are keen that driving training for teenagers is improved to help give them more road skills and increase their safety.

At the weekend the group donated $2000 toward the Southern Cross LADS project to be built on 19ha at Gundurimba Road.

The money is part of the proceeds from the club's Lismore swap meet held in August.

Southern Cross LADS representatives Donna Jelsma and Jessie New, the aunt and sister of Corey New, one of four young people killed in a car crash in October 2006, were pleased to receive the donations.

“Everything we raise is going toward building that facility,” Ms Jelsma said.

“We have the land and are now raising money to get the track built, and the garages and education centre.

“All donations are appreciated.”

The group sold glow sticks at the Carols by Candlelight on Sunday.

“Our focus is trying to prevent road death and injury in our region. Youth are the ones mostly affected, but we still have a long way to go,” Ms Jelma said.

Jessie, 15, said if the centre was operating she would be keen to use it when receiving driving lessons.

“Yes, I think there would be heaps of young people who would use it,” she said.

Borderline Street Rodders (BSR) Vice-President Craig Nolan said road safety was what the BSR also stood for. Its members, many of whom have teenage children, were supportive of what the training centre can give to young male and female drivers.

In the past month the BSR has donated $6500 to charity.



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