WestConnex has a number of community partnerships that aim to promote and support driver safety, education and training, and local community initiatives.
WestConnex’s current community partners are:
WestConnex Transurban has partnered with the Blue Datto Foundation to expand its ‘Keeping Safe’ road safety program along the WestConnex project corridor and across Western Sydney. This multi-award winning road safety education program targets young drivers and passengers in school and community settings.
The Blue Datto Foundation’s Keeping Safe program is interactive and engaging and teaches young drivers practical communication skills that they can use to encourage safe driver behaviour. Through the WestConnex partnership, more than 4000 students have participated in the program.
Find out more information about the Blue Datto Foundation, including booking your Keeping Safe Driver Program here.
WestConnex Transurban Blue Datto brochure contains safe driver tips when driving on a motorway and in tunnels.
WestConnex has partnered with the KARI Foundation to establish the WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program, which aims to support young Indigenous people to get their driver’s licence. The program includes mentoring, education support and other practical assistance to help candidates through the licence process. The program is free for Indigenous youth from disadvantaged backgrounds living in South Western Sydney. Since the program began, 24 young people have gained provisional licences, of which 16 have been able to gain employment. More than 100 young people have been supported to get their learner licence.
About the KARI Foundation
KARI is an Aboriginal established organisation with the purpose of advancing the lives of Aboriginal families, children and young people. KARI is committed to providing quality, sustainable services to Aboriginal communities, especially in the areas of Aboriginal child protection, Aboriginal community support programs and early intervention and prevention programs.
We thank the KARI Foundation in bringing us together with one voice of reconciliation, as part of their Acknowledgment to Country ahead of the WestConnex M8 opening.
Experience It! is Engineers Australia (EA) one-day student conference is designed to provide NSW high school students the opportunity to experience engineering and encourage them to consider STEM related subjects in their final years of study. Engineers Australia ‘Sydney Women in Engineering’ arm runs this event on behalf of Engineer’s Australia. The event is hosted by a different Sydney based university each year.
WestConnex engineers support student workshops, encourage students to ask questions and help them identify career opportunities in engineering.
WestConnex is proud to partner with the Wests Tigers, to help the club achieve its goal of increasing participation and interaction in its community programs and initiatives, and tackle some of the biggest issues facing communities in Western Sydney. Widely regarded as a community leader within the NRL, this partnership allows WestConnex to deliver positive outcomes for the community during construction and beyond.
WestConnex Transurban support the following Wests Tigers community programs:
The WestConnex Quiet Room
The Wests Tigers launched this NRL-first at ANZ home games in 2018, as part of the community partnership with WestConnex. The Quiet Room provides a safe, controlled space for children on the autism spectrum, and their parents and carers, to watch the game. The West Tigers provide this room, the only one in the NRL, at all home games at Bankwest Stadium and Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Families wanting to find out more about the Quiet Room can contact Wests Tigers here
Varying Abilities Program
The Varying Abilities Program aims to reduce bullying towards students with disabilities by promoting an inclusive environment which supports and assists those students with special needs. The program features modified sports to encourage participation for students of all abilities. The Varying Abilities program was named NRL Club Community Program of the Year in 2018 and has made a positive difference for thousands of participants. More than 100 schools participated in the program last year. Find out more information on the Varying Abilities Program here
WestConnex has partnered with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) to deliver annual STEAM Youth Development Camps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students along the WestConnex corridor. The camps are run over three days at The Tops, located near Stanwell Park Beach and aim to encourage students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The camps bring together students from different schools along the project corridor and provide opportunities for students to connect while learning about STEAM subjects and their links to Aboriginal culture. Students take part in fun, hands on activities, and connect with WestConnex engineers who demonstrate the practical application of STEM subjects and their link to employment.
WestConnex Transurban has partnered with The Engineering Link Group (TELG), a not-for-profit organisation who aim to show that senior school STEM subjects are rewarding, fun and relevant and can lead to fulfilling careers in engineering and science. The partnership delivers two award winning programs:
Linking Engineers and Scientists with Teachers
Linking Engineers and Scientists with Engineers (LEaST) is designed to provide teachers with opportunities to work with engineers, link hands-on experience with model engineering problems and provide ideas for teaching contextual material in junior and senior science and mathematics. Teachers also get the chance to visit one of the WestConnex construction sites and receive resource materials for developing contexts in Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Applied Studies and Mathematics. LEaST is a NESA accredited Professional Development course that contributes to mandatory requirements for maintaining teacher accreditation in NSW.
Engineering Link Project
The Engineering Link Project (ELP) is a two-day hands-on engineering workshop for STEM students in years 10, 11 and 12. Workshops are hosted by a Sydney university and aim to inspire students to consider further study or a future career in STEM related industries. During the two-day workshop students are mentored by WestConnex engineers to solve real life engineering problems, hear from recent engineering graduates about engineering study pathways and receive a tour of the engineering faculty at the university. Following the ELP students are given the opportunity to undertake work experience on the WestConnex Project.