Lowes Petroleum

Lowes helps First Nations youth get their driver’s licence

Lowes Petroleum has thrown its support behind a program that helps local indigenous youth get their driver’s licences by offering free fuel.

By offering free fuel to the On Country Pathways Driver Mentor program, Lowes is helping indigenous youth build up their logbook hours without having to worry about the cost of fuel.

Jebb Hutchison, who oversees the On Country Pathways programs, said they have 40 young First Nations learner drivers on their books who are looking to reach their 120 supervised driving hours and gain their independence.

“The whole country is talking about the increasing costs of living. For some families, fuel for driving lessons and logbook hours is a luxury. With Lowes Petroleum fuel sponsorship, we can afford to help more young people change their lives. This literally allows us to keep our fleet of vehicles on the road longer.

“We understand that a driver’s licence is more than a document—it’s a gateway to opportunities. For First Nations youth aged 16 to 24 years, overcoming barriers to obtaining a licence is crucial. By providing access and mentorship, we empower them to navigate toward a brighter future, driving positive change in their communities.”

Having a driver’s licence is a pre-requisite for many jobs and is an essential for access to health services, education and training providers, and civic and social amenities.

Peter Moore, Sales Manager for Lowes Petroleum’s North-East Victoria and Southern NSW, said they’re deeply committed to the prosperity of rural Australia.

“While our memories for many things fade, no matter what age you are – I think we can all remember how we felt when we got our drivers’ licence. The feeling of freedom and independence.

“This is such a great endeavour that is empowering not only young people – but young rural people and Lowes Petroleum is proud to play a small role. By providing petrol many more students can enrol and achieve the hours that would have previously been seen as impossible.”

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