Motocross Motivates Change
A unique motocross program which has reduced illegal and unsafe motorbike use, has also helped its young participants increase their school attendance while reinforcing road safety messages and providing instruction in basic first aid and motorcycle maintenance.
The successful, reward-based Cockburn Youth XLR8 Motocross program for vulnerable and at-risk youth was officially launched at the Coastal Motorcycle Club (CMC) track in Henderson in November last year.
Fremantle Youth Policing Officer Senior Constable Derrick Herbert said the program has been three years in the making.
“During 2019 and 2020, 13 young people aged 14-18 years from the Cockburn area learned safe motorbike riding and maintenance techniques, as a reward for attending school regularly and staying out of trouble,” he said.
“The success of this pilot program has led to a partnership between the WA Police Force, Cockburn Youth Services and CMC, with teenage participants referred from the Department of Communities and Youth Justice.”
The program utilises confiscated motorbikes donated to the program by the WA Police Force, with participants committing to individual goals including increased school attendance and not offending in return for the weekly coaching sessions at CMC.
The program runs every Monday for ten weeks at a time with a rolling recruitment of new participants. Watch a video, including interviews with participant produced by ABC Perth here.