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Workshops go online to help learners become better drivers

With the usual face-to-face road safety workshops abandoned due to the COVID pandemic,  Orange City Council and Cabonne Council will be hosting two online workshops for parents and other supervisors of local learner drivers.

The free ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’ workshops are scheduled for Wednesday 19 August from 6pm and Thursday 20 August from 12.30pm.

Orange mayor Reg Kidd said parents and carers play an important role in helping learner drivers pick up lessons about safety.

“Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

“That is why we have teamed up with Transport for NSW and the Councils across the Western Region to hold these two free workshops via Zoom.”

Council Road Safety Officer, Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, said while the usual face to face workshops weren’t possible due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the online delivery would hopefully make it more easily accessible.

“Participants can attend from the safety and comfort of their own home,” Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan said.

“The estimated run time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.”

“The workshop covers the licencing system, how to use the Learner Driver Logbook including the use of digital logbooks, licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, the benefits of on-road driving sessions, tips on supervising a learner driver and more.

“Parents and supervisors who have attended this workshop in the past have found that it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors,” Ms Hamilton-Vaughan said.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Ms Hamilton-Vaughan on (02) 6393 8600.

Learner driver plate on car

Learner driver classes go online

One Comment

  • Margaret Johnson says:

    I wish to write of three issue’s : 1. Water, The supply as now you have placed on level two. With the growth of buildings going on, we now see little BOXES so close one could jump from roof to roof all squashed together. Not very attractive. Instead of more homes being built I would suggest a larger water supply be available to all these new home owners. Higher dam walls, with another larger catchment area placed in our region. Not in the future but right now on top of the list.

    2. Road safety, Conducting Road safety classes, these classes have been ongoing long before Corona Virus. What I see driving around Orange are very bad young & old residents taking unnecessary risks each day , one can say those classes aren’t being sufficient in their education process “BOOSTING THEIR CONFIDENCE . I have spoken to our local police regards to this, they too agree of the incompetence of car drivers here, roundabouts aren’t being correctly used. the Fobres Rd access onto Molong Rd is a huge accident waiting to happen. These drivers show no care entering onto Molong Rd first in first. served. t’s all rush rush rush as if they are competitors at Mt Panorama, with the lack of skills so required for this circuit. In motor racing a body called CAMS carry out these stringent rules required with huge penalties for breaching same. If the team Transport NSW and the Western region teaching these “safety” class I suggest their teaching skills aren’t up to par. I suggest an expert from Road safety investigate the curriculum. Possibly Orange needs more Police staff to cover this to be seen penalising this fools who show no respect for their fellow man and environment.

    3. Can someone advise me when work begins on the new Conservatorium and Planetarium.
    Thank you Kind regards Margaret Johnson

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