New car gives momentum to L2P Program in Mount Beauty

3 February, 2014

THE Mount Beauty community is working together to support local learner drivers to gain their mobility and independence.

The Upper Kiewa Valley Lions Club and Mount Beauty and District Community Bank® - Branch of Bendigo Bank recently joined forces to raise funds for the purchase of a Kiewa Valley car for the L2P Program.

L2P provides a car for practice with a licensed ‘mentor’ driver to help learners fulfil the requirements for their provisional licence.

Alpine Shire Council Manager Communities Kathryn Maxwell said the car would provide valuable assistance to Kiewa Valley learner drivers who may otherwise struggle to reach the required 120 hours of driving practice.

“We understand that it can be a challenge for some young people to access the money, support or vehicle needed to complete the minimum 120 hours of practice,” she said.

“It’s fantastic that the community organisations have raised the funds for this vehicle.

“It will be an extremely valuable asset for young drivers in the Kiewa Valley.”

The L2P Program operates across the Alpine Shire, assisting more than 25 young drivers to achieve their P plates each year.

Council assumed operation of the program from the North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY) on January 31 this year.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering to become a Mentor (supervising driver) or knows someone between the ages of 16 and 21 (learner driver) who could benefit from this program, can contact Council’s L2P coordinator on (03) 5755 0592.

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