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Afternoon tea delight for L2P program mentor drivers

An afternoon tea was held to thank the L2P learner driver program's driving mentors for their hard work. The L2P Program was recently recognised for its contribution to Victorian health and wellbeing.

JENNA BISHOP December 19, 2013 4:16am

Mentors Jodi Sanders, John Simpson and Craig Grant, learner drivers Kellie Wilson-Hawe and Stuart Moir, mentor Julian Hickford, Mitchell Shire Councilís Rosalind Vincent and mentors Michael Best, Geoff Woodman, Wendy Blair and program co-ordinator Bill Winters celebrate another successful year of the L2P program.

Mitchell Shire L2P mentor drivers were officially thanked for their dedication and work with the region’s learner drivers with a special afternoon tea on December 9.

The innovative L2P program was also recently recognised for its contribution to the health and wellbeing of Victorians at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards.

Mitchell Shire L2P co-ordinator Bill Winters said 66 people had passed through the Mitchell Shire region’s program so far, with more than 3100hours logged by learner drivers.

He said 19 drivers had been successful in obtaining their licence in the past 12 months, with a total of 30 drivers in the program’s three-year history obtaining their licence.

‘‘They’re coming out as much safer drivers and more aware of the road rules,’’ Mr Winters said.

‘‘Currently we have 29 young people matched with mentors, but we are always looking for new mentors to expand the program with 12 young people currently on the waiting list. Volunteer driver mentors have contributed over 3130 hours in supporting learners to achieve their goal.’’

Berry Street Hume Region deputy director Trish Quibell said she was thrilled at the recognition of the program, but was concerned that there was no committed funding for the program post July 2015.

‘‘Without this program a significant number of young people across the state would not have gained their Ps and the increased independence that comes from having a licence,’’ she said.

‘‘We are very keen to see the program continue beyond July 2015 when current funding is due to finish.’’

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