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MEDIA RELEASE - Mentors sought for youth driving program

2 March 2018

Volunteers are urgently needed for a program that helps young people attain their 120 hours of supervised learner driver experience.

The successful L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program, which pairs mentors with learner drivers, is seeking mentors across the Glenelg Shire, particularly in the Casterton area.

Program coordinator Rachel Brough encouraged qualified drivers to help support the local community and the future generation of drivers.

“Many young people simply do not have the resources to gain their licence without the support that this program offers,” she said.

“For anyone interested in becoming a mentor the role is flexible to suit your availability and best of all you will help our young drivers achieve their goals and develop safe and lawful driving habits.

“I call on anyone with a terrific record on the road to consider volunteering a couple of hours a week to help a local learner driver.”

Eligible learner drivers are also encouraged to apply for the program to receive free one on one driver mentoring.

“Budding drivers please don’t hesitate to get in contact and apply for the program - it’s free, it’s fun and best of all you’ll be on your way to completing the 120 hours of required driving practice,” Ms Brough said.

The Glenelg L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is delivered by council in partnership with VicRoads through TAC funding and aims to remove barriers for young people who may not be able to gain their licence without the help of others.

The Glenelg L2P Program was implemented in 2011 and has seen more than 250 leaner drivers gain valuable driving experience since its inception.

The program is currently delivered across Portland, Heywood and Casterton townships.

To learn more, or to register your interest as either a driver or mentor, please visit https://yoursay.glenelg.vic.gov.au/l2p or contact program coordinator Rachel Brough on 5522 2334 or email rbrough@glenelg.vic.gov.au.


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