GANNAWARRA Shire Council is supporting a call to the State Government for additional resourcing for the L2P learner driver program.
A recent report released by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria shows concerns about youth unemployment and the risk disadvantaged young people may remain marginalised from the rest of the community.
‘‘We know 41 per cent of unemployed young Australians have no driving license,” Youth Affairs Council Victoria chief executive Georgie Ferrari said.
The L2P program links learner drivers under the age of 21 who don’t have access to a car or a supervising driver with volunteer mentors, who help them get 120 hours practice in readiness for their probationary license.
The young people also receive free driving lessons.
Gannawarra mayor Brian Gibson said the L2P program has proven to be a great success since its inception in the region in 2009.
“The L2P program has assisted many young people in the Gannawarra area to increase their supervised driving hours, gain experience behind the wheel and learn to become a safe and accountable driver on our roads,’’ Mr Gibson said.
‘‘In addition, our volunteers are fantastic and do a marvellous job of supporting young people in this important step in their lives.
‘‘The L2P Program also provides an opportunity for social connectedness of youth to their local community through the mentoring that occurs.’’
The Gannawarra L2P Program currently has vacancies for learner drivers aged 16-21 who need assistance.
Council are also seeking volunteers to become mentors to learner drivers.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Phillip Tennant on 0427 223 450.