U-Turn delivers after car stolen twice

AMBER McKenzie, of Beauty Point, whose old car was stolen twice, has received a new set of wheels from the U-Turn program.

The 44th class of the Tasmania Police youth justice diversion initiative graduated at Moonah on Thursday.

The seven participants learnt new skills while restoring the Suzuki Swift for Miss McKenzie.

She said she was very excited to hear that she would receive a new car.

Her old car, a dark green 1979 Holden Gemini sedan, nicknamed ``Kermit'', was stolen twice last year.

After the second theft her car was torched.

Miss McKenzie praised the U-Turn program, which aims to break the cycle of youth re-offending, and the hard work of its participants.

``It was kind of the perfect solution for my mishap, so it was good,'' she said of receiving the car.

``It was a group of boys who were working on it for me.

``The course also helped them to get into other things; one said he would do a certificate II in mechanics.

``It's a really good set-up in Moonah.''

Miss McKenzie said her new car had taken a huge weight off her shoulders.

``It's helped me heaps with work and I get to go places now on my days off,'' she said.

``I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.

``They did such a good job; it's the perfect car for me.''

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