Triple triplets in the Nillumbik L2P program
Published on 11 May 2017
Three sets of triplets have taken part in Council's L2P program over the past 12 months with some already graduating and others well on their way.
Triplets Matthew, James and Nathan Strebinos were the first to graduate and are ecstatic that they were able to get their supervised drive hours and Probationary licence.
The L2P Program is for young people in the Nillumbik Shire having difficulties getting their mandatory 120 hours of driving lessons before they can apply for their license.
Mum Anna Strebinos said, "It was a very daunting time knowing that our triplets were about to turn 16 and were keen to get their L’s. We had a big feat in trying to clock up 120 hours for three children, looking after two elderly parents as well as my husband away with work most weeks."
Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke said the L2P program is vital for youngsters and their parents who have difficulty in obtaining their 120 hours driver experience.
"Helping one young adult get with their 120 hours up to sit their driving test is hard enough but it would be near impossible if you were the parent of multiple children. I'm pleased this program has been able to help the Strebinos family and I'd like to thank the volunteer drivers who helped these three young men achieve it."
Councillor Jane Ashton, Chair of the Community Services Committee said, "Thanks to five volunteer driving mentors, Jonathon Wilton, Sergio Rizzi, Peter Perryman, Mary Mcleary and Geoff Rice, the triplets have graduated from the program.
"Since the L2P program began in November 2011, six sets of triplets have come through the Nillumbik L2P Program. We're pleased to be able to offer this program to our families across the Shire and I'd like to take this opportunity to also thank the Bendigo Bank who have given generously to ensure that this important program continues."
Triplet Matthew Strebinos said, "My instructor, John, constantly took me to a variety of environments and challenges to help me adapt to all road situations."
Matthew's brother Nathan said, "It was all very easy, my driving mentor had faith that I would succeed, which I eventually did."
L2P in Nillumbik is funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), with the support of Hurstbridge, Diamond Creek and Eltham Community Bendigo Bank and managed by Vic Roads in conjunction with Nillumbik Shire Council.