Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan has inspected the final works at the Southern Cross LADS Driver Training Track that has been funded by the Government.

“It is great to see that this project is in its final stages and will be ready to train our young drivers in a couple of months,” Mr Hogan said. “This project has been talked about since our community’s tragic loss of four young lives in a car crash at Broken Head Road in 2006. Any life lost on our roads is far too many. This project will help train our young people to make them safer drivers.”

The track is about 500 metres in circumference and built on a 50 acre site on the outskirts of Lismore.

It feature various road conditions including ‘wet’ conditions, roundabouts for vision and steering training, corners of various radii, a straight sufficient for vehicles to accelerate to 80km/h, sand traps and a spectator viewing area.

The Federal Government contributed $250,000 to kickstart the project, with donations raised by Southern Cross LADS making up the remainder.

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Southern Cross LADS for not only raising awareness about the need for better driver education but for also fundraising since early 2007, together with many service clubs, to make it a reality,” Mr Hogan said.