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MEDIA RELEASE - Council's L2P Program Thanks Community for Ongoing Support

30 November 2017

The Glenelg L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program has officially clocked over 6000 hours of driving since its commencement in the Shire in 2011.

The program is delivered to members of the community by Glenelg Shire Council, funded by the Transport Accident Commission and managed by VicRoads.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank thanked Callaghan’s Motors and Portland McDonalds for their ongoing support since the start of the program.

“The program has recently received support from many groups throughout the community who deserve recognition,” Cr Rank said.

“The program received kind donations from Wattle Hill Creek CWA, Portland Woman’s Service Club, Heywood Bendigo Bank and Hoselink.

“Workers from Portland’s Community Garden installed a hose, which now gives the program a location to take the L2P cars to wash them.

“Two CWA members are mentors of the program and following a presentation by L2P program coordinator Rachel Brough, CWA were excited to donate,” she said.

Cr Rank thanked Wellways, a not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation.

“With a small grant from Wellways, we were able to run a Mental Health Awareness in Youth event for mentors. This event was held during Mental Health Week,” she said.

Portland Women’s Service Club president Lyn Murphy said the PWSC was very pleased to support this important local program.

“It is thanks to the community for the support we receive at our movie afternoons that we were able to make this donation,” Mrs Murphy said.

“As we celebrated our 25th anniversary this year, we wished to make a special donation to a local project we felt was worthy.”
Rachel Brough said the program assists young people across the Shire to gain the required 120 hours of driving practice.

“This has allowed these young people to gain their licence, gain employment, move on to further study options and develop confidence and independence.

“I have now been in this role for 15 months and can see the benefits it brings to the young people in our community.

“Our volunteer mentors give so much time to help these learner drivers achieve life changing goals, being a mentor is also a rewarding way to give back to the community and a very flexible way to volunteer locally,” Mrs Brough said.

To learn more, donate or to submit an application online, visit the Your Say Glenelg website at https://yoursay.glenelg.vic.gov.au or contact L2P program coordinator Rachel Brough on 03 5522 2334.


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