DRIVING CHANGE: Driving school student Leih Summers and director Jason Carr.
DRIVING CHANGE: Driving school student Leih Summers and director Jason Carr. Dominic Geiger

Licence no drama for Murri woman

AT AGE 34, Caboolture woman Leih Summers has never held a licence.

It's been hard on her five kids, who occasionally miss sporting matches due to a lack of transport.

But all that's about to change, after Ms Summers began classes with Murris on the Move - a not-for-profit driving school aimed at breaking through barriers preventing Indigenous people obtaining their licences.

Ms Summers said it was "smiles all around the house" when she returned from her learner's test on Thursday.

"They're just happy I'm doing my course," she said.

"I want to get them to sporting events, get them out of the house instead of walking.

"I'm looking to get a job as well... public transport costs a bit too much."

Murris on the Move director Jason Carr said the organisation aimed to lower high Indigenous incarceration rates in South-East Queensland through the program.

"We do have an overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people going through the court system and a factor is driving unlicensed," he said.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners made up 31% of the prison population in 2013.

They made up just 3.6% of the general Queensland population.

Mr Carr said the organisation tried to make it easier for people to get their licences by keeping class costs as low as possible.

"Not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, but for all Australians, the fees involved in getting your learners and getting your licence are very high," he said.

"For people on low incomes, they're finding it very difficult to pay."

He said Murris on the Move had experience a good success rate, with about 250 people obtaining their provisional licence since 2011.

Meantime, Ms Summers said Murris on the Move was helping to change attitudes towards driving in the Caboolture Indigenous community.

"It's like Murri people ... they don't think they're good enough to get out there and give it a go," she said.

"When you've got people like Murris on the Move, who come and talk to us and let us know there are positive ways to go about it, we all get amongst it and have a go."



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