The future of Council’s L2P Learner Driver Program is secure for another four years, thanks to a recent State Government funding announcement.
Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford made the announcement earlier this month, highlighting the success of the state-wide program, it’s contributions to road safety and widespread community benefit across Victoria.
Council’s L2P Program Officer Ross Palmer echoed Ms Pulford’s statement.
“L2P really is an incredibly worthwhile program,” Mr Palmer said.
“It gives young people a way to overcome a variety of different barriers to get the 120 hours of driving they need to get their Ps – something that might not have even been remotely possible without L2P.
“Since our program started back in 2009, we’ve helped 255 learner drivers through the L2P Program. That’s 255 young people who now have options – options to get around without relying on others or public transport, more options when looking for employment and more freedom and independence.
“And we’re dedicated to seeing that number increase more each year.”
The funding will ensure the Swan Hill Program will continue for another four years, and through VicRoads, Council is hoping to secure additional funding to make the Robinvale L2P Program permanent.
Mr Palmer added that even with State Government funding, the L2P program could not operate without the help of community members and local businesses.
“I would like to thank our team of L2P volunteer mentors who selflessly dedicate their time to the program – L2P could not continue without you.
“And I’d also like to thank Sebastian Parseghian and the team from Swan Hill and Kerang Toyota. Swan Hill and Kerang Toyota came on board as our major sponsor last year and generously donated the use of a Toyota Yaris for our learner drivers to use.
“We are incredibly grateful for this support and for the support over the years from our other local program sponsors WDEA Employment, Murray Downs Golf and Country Club and Murray Mallee LLEN.”
For more information on the L2P Learner Driver Program, or if you’re interested in becoming a mentor, visit the L2P page here, or contact Ross Palmer on 5036 2380.