The first of three 1-day Bike Build workshops was held at Yarrabilba on Friday 23rd February despite torrential rain throughout much of the Logan and Scenic Rim regions. Thanks to a community development grant from Lend Lease and Bendigo Bank, TRACTION will deliver 3 workshops for 12-15 year old residents of the new masterplanned residential community at Yarrabilba. Yarrabilba will ultimately be home for 50,000 residents and significant investment is being made into infrastructure like schools and community sporting facilities.
The TRACTION workshop provided an experience that the participants will never forget. The participants had fun whilst learning new skills and making new friends. Not only did the participants learn about bikes, they built practical and life skills in a work-like environment.
The workshop was received exceptionally well by participants and their families.
"Thank you so much for allowing my son to participate today. He had such a great day and learnt some amazing skills and hasn’t stopped smiling since he got home!", said the mother of one of the participants.
TRACTION programs are delivered by Mentors who provide positive role modelling and support for participants who work on their own project. TRACTION recognises not everyone hits their potential in a traditional classroom. It's programs provide the chance to get on the tools and build confidence and self-belief.
When the participants completed assembling their bikes it was smiles all round. Typically with TRACTION programs, participants refurbish second hand bikes donated by the community, however for the three Yarrabilba workshops, participants assemble brand new Academy brand BMX bikes worth $339 RRP. The look on the faces of the participants when they realised they'd get to keep the new BMX bikes was priceless!
Special thanks to Logan Councillor Laurie Koranski and Dean Patterson, Rob Moore and Julie Wood from Lend Lease for visiting the participants during the workshop and showing their interest and support for the program.
Thank you also to Diana Bryson from the Yarrabilba Jobs Exchange (Access Community Services) for helping host the participants and TRACTION team at the venue for the workshop at the "Yarrabilba Exchange", cnr Wongawallon and Shaw Streets.
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This article about TRACTION's upcoming one-day bicycle workshops at Yarrabilba featured yesterday in the Albert & Logan News.
TRACTION will deliver 3 workshops in the Yarrabilba community in 2018. The workshops are supported by Lend Lease and Bendigo Bank, will provide an experience that young people will never forget and:
The first workshop is Friday 23rd February.
TRACTION Mentors facilitate each workshop and provide technical assistance and participants are also supported by community volunteers who provide positive role-modelling.
The workshops are perfect for those interested in learning more about bicycle mechanics and maintenance. Participants will disassemble, re-assemble and quality-check a bicycle (second-hand, donated by the community) and get to keep the bicycle at the end of the day.
Bookings are essential. For details visit:
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The TRACTION team had a ball at bayside skate parks for a series of "BMX Break Out" events held over 4 days from 8-11 January 2018.
TRACTION Mentors and program participants provided FREE safety checks and tune ups for the BMX, scooter and skate board enthusiast community who came along to hang out in Redlands recreational facilities.
The week started at Capalaba Skate Park and culminated with a BBQ and giveaways at the new Mt Cotton Skate Park on Thursday. Congratulations to Tama who was the lucky winner of a new BMX bike.
Redland City Council supported the community events and TRACTION mentors and participants were able to hang out with locals hitting up the parks on their bikes, scooters and skateboards.
Thanks to former TRACTION participants TJ, Jassamyn, Amber and Jayde for helping out at the events and applying their bicycle mechanical skills on the job!
Thanks also to 99 Bikes who also supported the event and supplied parts that TRACTION mentors and participants fitted to the bikes of skate park attendees that needed repair.
It was hot but great to get outdoors on the holidays!
Close to 400 participants have graduated in TRACTION programs since the program kicked off in July 2015.
An abundance of new skills and confidence are flowing into the community and nearly 400 donated bicycles have been given a new life! In term 4 this year, participants graduated in Bicycle Build programs delivered at TRACTION's own Brisbane Bayside (Capalaba) and Southside (Moorooka) workshops and also at the Logan workshop run in conjunction with the YMCA Vocational School and yourtown.
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It was a pleasure for TRACTION to deliver a 4-day Bicycle Build Boot Camp for the fourth group of participants from Access Community Services (ACS) in December 2017 at the Moorooka workshop.
Access Community Services is one of Australia’s leaders in multicultural issues, with over 30 years of experience in the provision of settlement, employment, training, youth support services, housing and social enterprise opportunities for migrants, refugees and Australian born clients. Services are delivered right across Queensland with a particular focus on the South East, including Logan City, Ipswich City and the Gold Coast.
The TRACTION Bicycle Build boot camp experience provides the chance for young people from the ACS network to strip down, assemble and personalise a bicycle donated by the community and keep the bicycle at the conclusion of the program.
The boot camp also provided the chance for participants to have fun whilst learning new skills and making new friends, build confidence and self-belief, and build practical and life skills.
The second Brisbane Bicycle Swap Meet, organised by TRACTION, was held on Sunday 5th December in West End.
The meet once again provided the chance for the Brisbane cycling enthusiast community to come together to share all types of bicycles and bike parts. Thank you to all stallholders and attendees for making it a great day! All gold coin entry fees support the charitable program in its mission to empower young people in need.
Congratulations to Glen who won the Academy Entrant BMX in the raffle. Thank you to 99 Bikes for donating the bike to TRACTION.
A massive shout out to TRACTION mentor Richard for organising the swap meet, the TRACTION team who helped make the day happen, and for Pensar (The Infrastructure People) - long time supporter of TRACTION, for allowing us to hold the swap meet in their car park at West End!
TRACTION intends to hold 3 swap meets next year, so to keep in the loop, please follow @bnebicycleswap on Facebook
We were stoked to be part of both Dust Hustle events this year! Thanks to the team at Ellaspede for giving TRACTION the chance to get involved. Dust Hustle is open to all the weird and wonderful motorcycles that could possibly be ridden on the dirt. It's also a chance for our TRACTION mentor and volunteer community to have a bit of fun.
Dust Hustle 5 (DH5) saw a field of 120+ riders will pilot the most weird, wonderful and woefully unsuitable motorcycles on the professional dirt track in the best damn display of dirt and dust tomfoolery. Thousands of spectators turned out to see some of the best value motorcycle entertainment.
TRACTION Mentor Karl piloted a Honda CT110 'postie' around the track this year.
Following the success of the first meet on 2nd July, the swap is back! Organised by TRACTION, the meet is a chance for the Brisbane cycling enthusiast community to come together to share all types of bicycles and bike parts. All proceeds from stall holder and gold coin entry fees support TRACTION in its mission to empower young people in need.
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YOUTH mentoring program TRACTION has proven both effective and inspirational for five students in grade eight from Yeronga State High School.
The students are recent graduates of the TRACTION Bicycle Build program and have all indicated an eagerness to develop further skills following their recent experience with the not-for-profit community initiative.
Their skills will be further developed in the TRACTION Small Engines program, which will run during term four of 2017 at Traction’s Moorooka workshop.
Yeronga State High School Head of Department of Junior Secondary Matthew Petersen said the students are influenced by the hands-on approach TRACTION presents, as well as the sense of achievement they get from seeing a project through from start to finish.
“Students gain a sense of pride in their work as they see a project through from conception to completion,” Mr Petersen said.
“It builds resilience in students and shows them that results require hard and sometimes repetitious work.”
Mr Petersen said the students have adapted the skills of teamwork, communication, persistence, concentration, pride in work and social engagement from the TRACTION program.
“The students present themselves more maturely and can discuss their progress on a different level, which leads to more meaningful discussions around goal setting and classroom growth,” he said.
“I am hoping students participating in the Small Engines program will get a stronger sense of the importance of concentrating on the accuracy and precision of work, and how that translates into the way they approach classroom tasks.”
The Small Engines program is backed by the Australian division of leading car, marine, motorcycle and power equipment manufacturer Honda Australia.
Honda has provided six identical lawnmowers and new motorcycle engines for TRACTION mentors to teach basic repair and maintenance.
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch is excited about participants gaining access to industry-relevant experience through Honda’s own exemplary training resources.
“This represents an exceptional opportunity for TRACTION participants to acquire new skills that will position them superbly for future employment,” Mr Murdoch said.
Honda’s General Manager for the Motorcycle Division Peter Singleton said the company decided to sponsor TRACTION as it fits with the group’s corporate social responsibility focus to support the next generation.
“TRACTION contributes to helping young people understand the diverse community and raises awareness that the community does value young people and that these values are widely held,” Mr Singleton said.
“TRACTION not only exposes young people to diversity, but builds their confidence, helps them discover new talent and understand the structure and value of teamwork and collaboration.”
The Small Engines Program will initially operate out of TRACTION’S Moorooka workshop, the space for which is provided free of charge by owner of Pro Motorcycles Moorooka, John Peterson, who is also a distributor for Honda.
“TRACTION helps take young people off the streets and doing something outside of the school atmosphere that will benefit them in the future,” Mr Peterson said.
“At the Moorooka workshop, youth are working in a real business environment – this is not a school but a program where people experience a real working operation.”
Mr Peterson has contributed the support and technical expertise of Pro Motorcycles’ mechanics and apprentices to aid TRACTION mentors and participants with their projects.
Mr Peterson himself will be spending time with the Small Engine program participants this term, sharing his experience with motorcycle engines and small motors.
Participants in the program will be introduced to basic mechanical concepts and will learn to strip down and rebuild Honda ‘postie’ motorcycles, whilst developing new skills that will position them well for work experience and further training down the track.
TRACTION is a charitable program and appreciates community support.
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TRACTION Programs are run under the auspices of BWC (Briswestcare Association Inc) - a Charitable Organisation with Public Benevolent Institution status granted by the Australian Taxation Office - Ref: AF1595C/SF8939B.
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