Driver mentors set to be celebrated at L2P afternoon tea

Central Grampians LLEN will host an afternoon tea in Ararat this week to thank the mentors involved in the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program. 

The event will be held at the Central Grampians LLEN building in Laby Street at 4.30pm on Friday 16 August. 

Newly appointed L2P Co-ordinator, Penny Walton-Bourke, said current mentors are being encouraged to attend, along with anyone wanting to learn more about the program. 

“This is our way of saying thank you to our amazing volunteer mentors who give up their time to teach young drivers in the Ararat, Northern Grampians and Pyrenees shires,” she said. 

“It’s also a great opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a mentor to come and have a chat to us and our current volunteers about what’s involved. It’s such a rewarding way to give something back to your community.” 

The L2P Program is a joint partnership between VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission, supported by the Victorian Government. It is a friendly learner driver program for people aged 16 to 21 without access to a supervising driver or vehicle. Participants are matched with a trained mentor who provides a positive learning environment for the young driver to gain the 120 hours of supervised driving needed to qualify for their probationary licence. 

CGLLEN Board of Management Chair, Geoff Lord, said VicRoads recently received a funding extension from the Transport Accident Commission which will allow Central Grampians LLEN to deliver the initiate for another four years. 

“In the last six years, our organisation has supported more than 150 local young people to clock up 120 hours of driving. We have also helped 80 of those young people successfully gain their probationary licence,” Mr Lord said. 

“L2P is an important program and we are looking forward to working with many more mentors and young drivers over the next four years to improve road safety and community wellbeing.  

“We thank the NGSC, ARCC and Pyrenees Shire, as well as all of the sponsoring organisations, for their support, which enables CGLLEN to provide this most valuable community service.” 

Anyone interested in getting involved in L2P, either as a driver or mentor, should contact Penny on 5352 3266 or 0418 535 478. 

PHOTO:  L2P Co-ordinator Penny WaltonBourke, Central Grampians LLEN Board of Management Chair Geoff Lord and long-time driver mentor Vance Bebbington gear up for the L2P volunteer morning tea which will be held in Ararat this Friday.