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L2P continues to 2023

L2P continues to 2023

Funding for Latrobe Valley L2P driver mentor program extended

Berry Street Morwell has been assured they'll have funding to continue the L2P program in the Latrobe Valley for another four years.

Funding was due to finish at the end of June but the learner driver mentor program will get more money from the TAC.

Morwell MP Russell Northe, who is chair of the Latrobe L2P program, has welcomed the funding to 2023 from the state government through the TAC and administered by VicRoads.

L2P is an innovative community-based program that provides assistance to young people who face significant barriers in completing their 120 hours of on-road driving experience.

Berry Street Morwell, which currently operates Latrobe L2P, has been providing young people in the Latrobe Valley who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, the opportunity to participate in the learner driver mentor program.

“This program allows young people, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary license,” Mr Northe said.

The program attracts a diverse range of mentors including professional drivers, emergency service workers, youth workers and retirees, but the program is always open to potential mentors as they are always in need of volunteers.

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“Mentors have been the driving force behind this highly recognised program and I strongly encourage anyone that would like to mentor and assist with this program to contact Berry Street Morwell,” Mr Northe said.

Mr Northe had written to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford seeking the continuation of funding for the L2P program beyond 30 June 2019.

“We were thrilled to receive confirmation that funding will continue for another four years.

“As chairperson of the Latrobe L2P Program I am ecstatic to receive this positive news, as are all our local partners, supporters, drivers and mentors.

“Currently across Victoria there are 68 L2P programs operating, which clearly demonstrates the tremendous dedication local organisations and volunteers are undertaking in helping young people gain driving experience.

"For many young people, particularly in regional areas, the acquiring of a probationary drivers licence opens so many doors and opportunities and that is why L2P is critically important,” Mr Northe said.

More information on L2P can be found at: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/your-ps/getyour-ps/preparing-for-your-licence-test/l2p-learner-driver-mentor-program

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