Students Cruze-ing to licence

Published 8:59am 11 March 2021

Students Cruze-ing to licence
Words by Nick Crockford

Students at Bribie Island State High School will be motoring towards their driver licences with help from the RACQ and Former Origin Greats (FOGs).

The club visited on Wednesday to present a Holden Cruze to students in FOGs’ ARTIE Academy Drivers Licence Program.

It will be used to help young drivers reach their 100 hours of driving practice required for a licence.

Costs covered

“Getting a driver's licence is a milestone for many young people and opens up their options for future education and employment,” says RACQ Head of Community and Education David Contarini.

“Unfortunately not all students have access to a safe, reliable vehicle to complete the 100 hours of practice mandatory as part of the Queensland drivers licence process.

“RACQ is happy to provide this vehicle which will help many students, and we’ll also cover the insurance, registration and servicing costs.”

Students Cruze-ing to licence
FOGs/ARTIE General Manager Stephen Page, far left, with RACQ Head of Community and Education David Contarini, far right and Bribie Island State High School Principal Kerri Holzwart, second from right, with students at the presentation of the Holden Cruze.

ARTIE Academy

Mr Contarini said it is the fourth vehicle the club had donated to the ARTIE Academy Drivers Licence Program.

“Last year we donated vehicles to Ayr, Beenleigh and Marsden State High Schools and we’ve been able to see the real value they provide to students,” he says.

FOGs Executive Chairman Gene Miles says these vehicles RACQ has provided added additional value to the existing Driver Licence Program.

“Completing 100 hours can sometimes be challenging for students, so having support from RACQ, the school and ARTIE Academy will get students off to the best and safest start when driving and will be a key component to enhancing the success of students in life after school,” he says.

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