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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
L2P -- driving new skills
The L2P Learner Driver Mentor program is a community based volunteer
program designed to provide disadvantaged young learner drivers with the
chance to practice their driving.
Learner drivers between the ages of 16 and 21 are required by law to obtain
at least 120 hours of supervised driving experience before being eligible
to sit for their probationary license.
For many young people this is extremely hard to achieve due to limited
access to a vehicle or an appropriate supervising driver, homelessness,
language barriers or economic disadvantage. Such barriers may lead to
further and ongoing disadvantage for these young people.
The L2P program is a state-wide initiative funded by the TAC, administered
by VicRoads and delivered by Ballarat City Council. In Ballarat, Council
has contracted Lead On to deliver the program. The program has been
running successfully in Ballarat since 2007. The Ballarat program was in
fact the first of the L2P programs and its success saw it then implemented
across the state.
The L2P program improves self esteem, confidence and the young person
gains an essential life skill enabling them to access education and
employment pathways in the future.
Currently the L2P program has one vehicle; however the demand for this
service requires at least two more.
Lead On is currently raising funds to purchase another two cars to help
reduce the long waiting list for this important community service. If you
would like to find out more information about L2P, would like to volunteer
as a supervising driver or assist with Lead On's fundraising please contact
Lead On Ballarat on 5332 3896 or email email@example.com
Keeping cool this summer
As we head into the warmer weather it is important to remember that
heat-related illness can be very serious and affect anybody, at any age.
There are a number of things that we can all do to keep ourselves and
our friends and family safe during the hot weather, including checking on
older, sick and frail relatives, friends and neighbours. The following can help
prevent heat-related illnesses:
Be aware of the predicted weather -- watch the weather forecast and
• plan ahead.
Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids (non-alcoholic)
• (Note: If your doctor normally limits your fluids check how much to
drink during hot weather).
Keep the house as cool as possible by closing windows, drawing blinds
and using an air conditioner if available.
Spend as much time as possible in cool air conditioned buildings, if
not at your home or a friend or family's home then at shopping centres,
cinemas, libraries or community centres.
Keep cool by using damp towels and taking cool showers in the day
Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles.
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and avoid strenuous activity.
If you must go out, stay in the shade, wear a hat and take plenty of
water with you.
Don't rely on fans unless there is adequate ventilation.
Know the signs and symptoms of excessive heat exposure and know
• how to respond.
Effects of heat-related illnesses can range from mild conditions such as a rash
or cramps to serious conditions such as heat stroke which may be fatal.
More detailed information about heat stress can be found at
Below: L2P participants Roary Dobie and Patrick Courtney with mentor Adam Clarke
and Cr Des Hudson
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