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L2P mentor program praised

The community-based L2P program, has been recognised for its contribution to the to the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

JESS CRAIG December 23, 2013 4:33am

Member for Rodney Paul Weller with L2P program co-ordinator Liz Smith.

The L2P program has been recognised for its contribution to the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

The program, designed to mentor learner drivers, was recognised at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards.

The L2P program, funded by the TAC, is a community-based program which offers learner drivers between 16 and 21 years driving experience with fully licensed volunteer mentors.

Echuca-Moama’s L2P program co-ordinator Liz Smith said she was thrilled about the award.

‘‘The L2P program was developed to support Victoria’s graduated licensing system, which requires learner drivers under 21 to complete at least 120 hours of supervised driving before they can go for their probationary licence tests,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve had about 25 kids successfully go through the program and get their probationary licence, which has allowed them to secure employment and attend training or trade school outside of their hometown.

‘‘It’s been very successful.’’

Mrs Smith said the program not only helped to reduce the likelihood of young drivers being involved in crashes, but broke down financial and social barriers preventing them from obtaining their licence and securing access to employment and training.

Member for Rodney Paul Weller applauded the service and thanked the volunteers who give their time to the Echuca-Moama program.

‘‘One of the greatest aspects of the program is the mentoring by committed community volunteers who help ensure its success and longevity at a local level,’’ he said.

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