ABOUT 40 locals have taken the first step towards achieving their dreams, by taking part in the Birrang Learner Driver program.
The five-week program kicked off on Tuesday, and aimed to help Indigenous and other community members achieve a sense of pride by getting their drivers licence.
Rhiannon Shelley, Scott Tonkin and Larissa Ah-See are taking part in the program, all hoping to gain their licence to achieve their goals.
"My dream is to travel around Australia so if I can get my licence then I think that will be a good start," 17-year-old Rhiannon said.
Mr Tonkin, aged 20, also hopes to travel around Australia, while Ms Ah-See is working towards a career helping others.
"I want to be a youth worker and most of them require driving," Ms Ah-See said.
"I've got all of my certificates now but everyone requires you to have a licence."
Brett Naden, a driver-tester with 15 years of experience, runs the program for three days a week at the Myall Street TAFE campus' Yarradamarra Centre.
He teaches theory - road rules and safety - every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, followed by practical driving lessons in the afternoons for those who already have their learner plates.
The program began on Tuesday, but Mr Naden said it was not too late and people could continue to register until the third week.
He said the program empowered people to take control of their futures, and created role models for the rest of the community.
"Once family members see these people coming in, they say 'well if they can get their licences, why can't I?'" Mr Naden said.
"The people that get their licences will be able to look for jobs, help their family members out, take the kids to school or a family member to medical appointments.
"It gives them a sense of pride in getting a licence."