THE Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre’s Bass Coast L2P Learner Driver Mentor program recently unveiled its new Hyundai Accent at a safety forum at Wonthaggi Autobarn.
Fourteen L2P Learners and their mentors attended the forum organised by Leading Senior Constable Brendan Horrocks in conjunction with Wonthaggi Autobarn manager Gavin Coyne.
The forum commenced by raising the new Accent on a hoist to learn about how a car works and how to maintain a car to ensure it remains roadworthy. Everyone then proceeded to Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre to eat pizza and discuss the road rules with LSC Horrocks.
“I’m always happy to organise these events as it gives the community a chance to ask police questions that they might never otherwise do,” he said.
The Hyundai Accent replaces one of the original program vehicles which was well overdue to be traded in.
While the L2P program is funded by TAC through VicRoads to assist disadvantaged Learner Drivers gain their 120 hours of supervised driving, it is also dependent on the sponsorship and good will of community organisations.
Coordinator Leanne Tilley said if it weren’t for generous community organisations, a new car would have not been possible!
“The Accent which has a 5 Star ANCAP rating will be a great car for the L2P Learners to drive, and will be much more cost efficient for the program ensuring that the maximum number of young people can participate.”
The L2P program would like to thank Edneys in Leongatha for organising an excellent deal on the Accent and the following community organsations/ businesses for sponsoring the new vehicle: the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal; Bass Coast Cycling Challenge; Lions Wonthaggi; Bass Coast Community Foundation; and the Grantville and San Remo Community Bendigo Banks.
The program additionally would like to thank Wonthaggi Autobarn for providing their garage and services free of charge for the annual safety forum.
“All of these organisations are assisting reduce our road toll by investing in the L2P program,” Leanne said.
For further information on the Bass Coast L2P program call Leanne Tilley on 0467 590 679 or email basscoastl2p@hotmail.com.