Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Sixteen organisations have been awarded funding through the latest Learner Driver Mentor Program 2020-21 grant round to help more Tasmanians get their licence.
The program allows local community-based organisations to provide disadvantaged learner drivers with access to a car and a supervisory driver to help them reach their required on-road hours.
A driver’s licence can be an important part of getting a job, becoming more independent and keeping up important family and social connections, but the cost of lessons can put pressure on the household budgets of lower-income families.
This program has proven incredibly successful over a number of years and has gone from strength to strength, with more learners and mentors engaged in it than ever before.
The hardworking volunteer mentors are the backbone of the program and provide disadvantaged learners around Tasmania with the on-road hours needed for them to achieve their P1 licence.
The Tasmanian Liberal Government is providing $1 million a year through our $75 million Road Safety Action Plan to support these local programs and Driver Mentoring Tasmania.
A further $113,000 will be provided for the program in 2020-21 to assist with one off purchases, including new five star vehicles to improve fleet safety, and improvements for mentor recruitment and induction.
LDMP 2020-21 funding round successful applicants
LDMP local program
‘Ready Set Go’
Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood House
Derwent Valley Community House
Geeveston Community Centre
Goodwood Community Centre
Huon Valley Council
Jordan River Services
Migrant Resource Centre Southern Tas
‘Drive 4 Life’
Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tas
‘Wheels 4 Work’
Starting Point Neighbourhood House
Northern Suburbs Community Centre
‘Get In 2 Gear’
Break O’Day Council
Australian Red Cross
‘Strive to Drive’
Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation
Bucaan Community House
*Ucaan Drive is a new program operated from Bucaan Community House in Chigwell