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Living in Rural & Remote Areas

Learning to Drive


For most people, drivers licence + car = freedom. Once you're mobile, you can do things and go places that wouldn't have been possible before.

Driving can make work, study, sport and socialising heaps easier, but there's also a downside. Driving can be dangerous for everybody, but especially for young people.

That's why it's important that by the time you get on the road solo, you know exactly what you're doing.

In this section

Golden Plains Shire L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

The shire is assisting learner drivers under 21 years of age gain the 120 hours of driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence. If you are a learner driver and experiencing difficulty in gaining the hours needed to get your P's then L2P may be able to assist.

How L2P Works

Young people are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors, and use a sponsored vehicle to gain supervised driving experience. L2P is not a professional driving lesson, and L2P does not pay for the probationary driving test itself.


To join the L2P program, you need to be:

- between 16 and 20 years of age
- A current learner's permit holder
- Without access to either a vehicle, a supervisor driver, or both.

How to Apply

Download Application Form from the Golden Plains shire website here:

Forward application to Caroline Jordan, Golden Plains Volunteer Coordinator or phone 5220 7216.




Welcome to FReeZA


FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing young people between the ages of 12 and 25 with the opportunity to attend affordable and accessible music and cultural events. FReeZA attracts over 140,000 young people each year to events that take place in safe, fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free venues across the Victoria.

Through funding provided by the Office for Youth, FReeZA presents you with the opportunity to become a part of a local FReeZA committee to plan and deliver these events. FReeZA offers you the chance to develop a broad range of skills and the opportunity to stage events for other young people in your local community.

By participating in a local FReeZA committee you will be given the chance to make decisions and lead in the staging of events, whilst also broadening networks within the community by connecting with local businesses, schools and other organisations. Being a part of a FReeZA committee will also build your self confidence, create and develop professional relationships, and provide opportunities to explore various education and employment pathways in the music industry.

As well as developing new skills, you will also provide important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talents through state-wide competitions such as the annual FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands.

The other types of events that you can also get involved with through your local FReeZA committee include staging of live band gigs, BMX/Skate comps, Hip Hop showcases, art and short film competitions, DJ dance events, theatre productions and local community, music and youth festivals.

Contact FReeZA to find out more information!


For Golden Plains Shire Freeza program information check out the page here:



Youth Affairs Council of Victoria

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria Inc. (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people's issues in Victoria.

Their vision is for a Victorian community in which all young people are valued as active participants, have their rights recognised and are treated fairly and with respect.

Useful Links

Country Education Project: The CEP is a statewide organisation that supports the provision of education within rural communities. It is involved in supporting, facilitating and coordinating programs, as well as advocating to the education sector, government and key stakeholders. 

Young Agribusiness Professionals: An initiative of the Victorian Farmers Federation, aiming to bring together young farmers and agribusiness professionals to share information, plan and implement regional activities, and provide input into VFF matters. 

National Rural Women’s Coalition: A collaborative national voice for women living in rural, regional and remote Australia. 


HEYWIRE: A space and a competition for young people from regional Australia. Share your stories and opinions, and find the news that affects you.

Centre for Multicultural Youth: Regional Presence Project. The initiative supports disadvantaged young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who are living in regional areas, to actively participate in their communities. 

Rural Finance Scholarships: Rural Finance provides a scholarship program for tertiary students, to foster scientific, technological, management and financial excellence in agriculture.