About Traction

TRACTION empowers young people in need and helps them positively engage with their communities, discover their talents and create their own future.

We understand that everybody learns differently and some young people don’t realise their potential in a classroom. That’s why we provide an alternative and action-based learning environment, encouraging relationships and access to employment opportunities.

TRACTION provides programs that engage young people and support the development of practical skills, communication and broader life skills.

We help young people realise their own self-worth, find their purpose, re-commit to learning, begin finding their own career, and become active and positive members of their community.

We provide a safe environment where young people, with the guidance and support of mentors, learn new skills and put these skills into action through participation in real, tangible and meaningful learning activities.

The TRACTION Bicycle Build, Small Engines and Motorcycle Programs provide the chance for young people to restore items donated by the community whilst being supported by volunteers who provide support and positive role modelling. Volunteer ‘Bike Mentors’ support 12-17 year old ‘Bikers’ (participants) to repair, restore or customise donated bicycles, small engines and motorbikes in an action-based learning environment of creativity, empowerment and ownership.

TRACTION is a vehicle for people to make a difference and is building a vibrant community of volunteers, program partners and sponsors around our Bikers who are experiencing a sense of contribution and belonging.

TRACTION operates two workshops in Brisbane, in Capalaba and Moorooka, and a third is planned for West End later in 2016. TRACTION programs will soon be delivered in new communities through exciting partnerships with other community groups.   


  • Increase self-esteem and social skills
  • Increase school attendance and achievement
  • Improve future employment opportunities
  • Improve life skills
  • Offer community and mentor support

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Sandy Murdoch

Sandy founded TRACTION in 2015 and brings experience to the program from his time in the pharmaceutical, building and construction and property development industries. He is passionate about engaging the business community in social enterprise and helping people achieve their potential. Sandy has developed faith that ordinary people can work together to achieve extraordinary things.