The TAC L2P Program now has a permanent presence in Robinvale.
The L2P program matches volunteer mentors with young people who face barriers to getting the required 120 hours off driving practice. Young drivers receive free professional driving lessons before working one-on-one with their volunteer mentor.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Ann Young said Council recently made a submission to the Department of Transport to have the program’s funding increased, and were delighted when it was approved.
“Council has secured 40 funded L2P places, meaning an extra 15 learner drivers will have the chance to take part, and that we can roll the program out in Robinvale. It is a terrific outcome.”
Council’s L2P Program Officer Ross Palmer was thrilled to have the program permanently extended to Robinvale.
“We have been operating a pilot program since July 2018, and we’ve had excellent support from Robinvale College, the Clontarf Foundation and local police. The response from young drivers has been wonderful too,” he said.
“The program gives young people a way to overcome barriers to getting their required 120 hours of experience before they get their probationary licence. These barriers might include lack of access to a car or a supervising driver, or economic issues.
“Ultimately, our aim is to assist young people to become safe drivers and achieve their probationary licence, which will help create more options for them when looking for employment and also give them greater freedom and independence.”
Mr Palmer said the L2P program could not operate without the help of dedicated volunteers and that the program will be looking for more L2P volunteer mentors in Robinvale.
“By donating just one or two hours a week, volunteers will give disadvantaged young people the chance to get their probationary licence,” he said.
“Volunteers develop great relationships and a real sense of pride when the young person achieves their licence.”
Mentors receive training and support and are covered for liability through their volunteer status with Swan Hill Rural City Council.
For more information on the TAC L2P Program, or if you’re interested in becoming a mentor, visit the L2P webpage or contact Ross Palmer on 5036 2380.
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