THE AusNet Services Community Development Fund (CDF) has donated $2737 to Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre’s learner driver mentor program for vehicle safety equipment.
Coordinator of the L2P program, Veronica Dowman, said the program receives a limited amount of funding from the TAC, and relies heavily on grants from funds such as the AusNet Services CDF to help 16 to 21 year olds with financial or family difficulties to gain their provisional licence.
“The grant has been put to good use by enabling us to purchase two child-safety car seats and three GPS head unit display systems for the vehicles’ volunteer driver mentors to use to teach the learners,” Ms Dowman said.
“The safety seats have already been beneficial for young parents who don’t have access to childcare during their driving lesson.
“It’s actually very good for ‘Stage 4’ advanced learners to practice driving with children in the back seat so they understand the different set of distractions and risks that driving with children present,” Veronica added.
Late last year, and with the help of Bass Coast Shire Council, AusNet Services offered $20,000 from its Community Development Fund to local community groups that deliver sustainable projects for the benefit of local residents.
AusNet Services’ Customer and Community manager, Derek Walton, said that providing funds to empower local community groups such as L2P to provide access to equipment and services was the aim of the CDF.
“It’s been great building a relationship with L2P, an organisation that has community minded values similar to AusNet Services’ own values around safety, teamwork and doing what’s right,” Derek said.
Each year, AusNet Services offers a least two CDFs out of a commitment of $100,000 in sponsorships and donations across Melbourne’s west and northern and eastern Victoria.