THE Inverloch & District Community Bendigo Bank continues to drive change through investing locally in driver education, road safety training and mentoring locally disadvantaged young people.
The bank has announced a further $2500 funding for the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program coordinated through the Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House.
Bass Coast L2P coordinator Leanne Tilley said on behalf of the program she was incredibly grateful for this sponsorship.
“The additional funding contributes to many aspects of the program including assisting support the seven new volunteer mentors, many of whom reside in Inverloch, by providing them with training, polo tops and a new buddy system with existing mentors.
“This positive locally-based program supported by VicRoads would not exist without both additional sponsorship from businesses such as the Inverloch Community Bank, and the 25 dedicated volunteers who collectively contribute approximately 1400 hours of service per year.
“The L2P program not only enables drivers to receive training and support to become confident P–Plate drivers, but also increases their capacity to access employment, education and training, and community activities,” Leanne said.
Overall, the Inverloch & District Community Bendigo Bank funding is contributing to safer driving on our roads, as the L2P program supports learners to gain their 120 hours of supervised driving (as required through the Graduated Licencing System).
A recent VicRoads commissioned independent report titled ‘Examination of the Impact of the Graduated Licensing System on Young Novice Driver Safety’ has found that drivers who have been through this system are 20 per cent less likely to have a serious crash in the first two years of gaining their probationary driver’s licence.
Chair of the Marketing & Business Development Committee, Trevor Dando said the Inverloch & District Community Bank is committed to its ongoing investment in the future of young people and road safety in Inverloch and surrounding districts.
“Providing funding for the intensive training and support of the L2P volunteer mentors ensures that a higher level of skilled supervised driving is given to learner drivers.
“The Inverloch & District Community Bank is proud to be assisting produce the best and safest P Platers.”
Mr Dando said the Inverloch & District Community Bank will continue to work with the community to identify and support important services and infrastructure in the coming years.
“The more people that bank with us, the more we will be able to return to the community and stakeholders.”
For further information about the Inverloch & District Community Bank Branch contact Cheryl Clasby on 5674 2800.
If you are a 16–20 year old learner driver who would like to know more about the program, contact Leanne Tilley on 0467 590 679.