February 10, 2015  |  Members Statements

Learner Driver Mentor Program

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — Last week I was pleased to attend a celebration of the success of the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program in Ballarat. The celebration took place at Phoenix P–12 Community College in Sebastopol. The L2P program, initiated in 2008 under the former Labor government, 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.

The Ballarat program is currently delivered by the United Way Ballarat with support from several local community groups and businesses, including Ballarat Rotary Club, Buninyong and District Community Bank and the Ballarat Courier newspaper, which have made it possible to secure three new cars for the local L2P fleet. Last week’s celebration marked the success of the local learner drivers who have secured their Ps and recognised the contribution of volunteers from our community who helped them achieve this success.

As a parent of a 19 year old, I have recently learnt how challenging it is for a learner driver to achieve their 120 hours of driving experience in order to gain their licence. Clearly for young people whose parents are not able to assist them with their driving experience the L2P program provides a vital opportunity for them to gain their driver’s licence and in turn opens up the opportunity to travel to a job, gain other experiences including training and other options when they do not have access to public transport.