Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, WestConnex were unable to have a live opening of the WestConnex M8. As a result, they created an online virtual tour of the new motorway. To pay respects to the traditional custodians of the land, WestConnex invited the KARI Singers to perform and record an Acknowledgement to Country, as well as Yothu Yindi’s ‘Djapana’.
The KARI Singers were honoured to be invited to perform exclusively on site with footage used to create a permanent Acknowledgement to Country video link on the official Westconnex M8 website.
To view the video click here.
Our partnership with WestConnex also includes our driving programs, which continue to see high volumes of participant intake.
In our latest re-iteration of the program, KARI Foundation have partnered with TAFE NSW to assist Aboriginal young people in obtaining their learners permit. This online fee free program includes:
- Practice tests online
- All resources and information provided via post
- Support while you learn at home
- TAFE NSW will book the learners test at students local RMS
- Fee exemptions on testing for up to 12 weeks
This program provides a pathway to the WestConnex Indigenous Drivers Program. Once the students have completed this program and obtained their Learner’s Permit, thanks to the WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program, students will be able to access 10 free driving lessons and will be assigned a KARI mentor, who ensure students attend their lessons and stay on the right track to obtaining their Provisional 1 Licence.
To date, KARI Foundation have provided 340 driving lessons to young people. This program has received an incredible response and its popularity continues to grow amongst the community. It is evident that this program is one that many Indigenous youth wish to access, as having their licence provides opportunities for employment and further education.
Thanks to WestConnex we are able to provide both of these programs to the Indigenous community, ensuring that KARI Foundation are supporting our youth every step of the way on their journey to achieving their licence.