A Tasmanian woman who fell victim to car theft was today handed an early Christmas present in the form
of keys to a fully restored 2000 Holden Barina by a group of eight young Tasmanians graduating from
Mission Australia’s U-Turn automotive training course.
U-Turn is a ‘best practice’ diversionary program for young people who may be at risk of becoming
involved in motor vehicle theft. The core component of the program is a structured ten-week automotive
training course in car maintenance and body work, delivered in a workshop environment.
Mission Australia’s State Director Noel Mundy said the recipient of the restored car, Jungah KIM, had
previously had her vehicle stolen.
“The opportunity for participants to repair a vehicle for presentation to a victim of vehicle theft is one of
the most important components of the U-Turn program, and a wonderful way to learn about the spirit of
giving at Christmas,” Mr Mundy said.
“During the 10-week course, the U-Turn participants undertook panel beating on the donated car,
completed an engine service, repaired the exhaust system, replaced and repainted the doors, and finished
off with a new set of mag wheels.
“This graduation is a very special one for the Mission Australia team at U-Turn as we farewell our
mechanic Bruce Phillips who has been with U-Turn since 2007.
“Bruce goes above and beyond his expected role at the workshop. His enthusiasm, quick wit and
outstanding mechanical skills will be missed, and we wish him a very happy retirement.”
Graduates were presented with certificates by the Police Commissioner Darren Hine and Assistant
Commissioner Donna Adams.
Achievement Awards were also presented at the graduation ceremony, including the Encouragement
Award which went to Jesse, the Excellence Award and Achievement for Tasks Set was presented to
Dayne, while Patrick took home the Hazell Bros Award in recognition of the most outstanding graduate.
The Gold Tyre Award for Fastest Overall was also given to Jesse.
The car was generously donated by a member of the public, with RACT providing insurance on the
vehicle, and numerous other sponsor contributions by Hazell Bros, Castrol, Spectrum, the Matt Goggin
Foundation, Civil Contractors Federation, Bocchino Motors, Glenorchy City Council, Loctec, Thrifty,
Hobart City Council and the Car Doctor.
The U-Turn workshop is located in Moonah with a supported accommodation service available to enable
young people from other parts of the State to participate in the program. The program is delivered by
Mission Australia, under contract to the Department of Police and Emergency Management and is funded
by the State Government.