Junction in Driver’s Seat
Junction Support Services has received $486,000 to help learner drivers aged 16 to 24 in Albury who don’t have a supervising driver or car to gain the 120 hours of driving experience they need to apply for their probationary licence.
Junction CEO Megan Hanley says it is terrific news that Junction will be able to replicate the success of its L2P Driver Program in Wodonga across the border.
“It’s a top issue for people in Albury absolutely because there is no learner driver program currently which offers this level of support,” Ms Hanley told The Border Mail.
“We currently run what they call the L2P program in Victoria over in Wodonga, and we’ve often had people in Albury who’ve wanted to access that program, but aren’t able to because of eligibility and funding issues.
Access to transport was a significant gap for young people to gain meaningful employment and connect to others.
The program aims to help at least 40 Albury young people, and Junction is seeking members of the community with their full licence to volunteer as mentors.
The grant comes from the NSW government’s ‘Our Region, Our Voice’ Regional Youth Investment Program.
You can read The Border Mail’s report here (subscription): https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/8044844