February 6, 2015

L2P LEARNER DRIVER PROGRAM GETS YOUNG PEOPLE IN BALLARAT READY FOR THE ROAD

State Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today celebrated the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program graduation at Phoenix P-12 Community College in Sebastopol.

“The Learner Driver Mentor Program assists disadvantaged young people between the ages of 16 and 20, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain a probationary licence,” Mr Howard said.

“Funded by TAC and managed by VicRoads the program is delivered locally by United Way Ballarat in partnership with local community groups and businesses.

“Today’s graduation celebrates the success of local mentees who have secured their Ps and recognises the contribution of volunteers from our community who have helped them achieve this success.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the contribution of the many sponsors in our community who have made it possible to secure three new cars for the local L2P fleet.

“Established in 2008, around 1,800 disadvantaged young people across Victoria participate in the L2P program each year, this equates to 80,500 participant hours for learner drivers annually.

“L2P is helping young people in our community who would otherwise not get the support they need to get ready for the road.

“The Andrews Labor government is committed to ensuring that young Victorians are the safest drivers they can be by investing $146 million in a Young Driver Safety package, including $16 million for the L2P program.”

For more information about L2P, go to http://unitedwayballarat.org.au/our-work/l2p-learner-driver-mentor-program