PARLIAMENTARY Secretary Assisting the Minister for Transport, Penny Sharpe, has congratulated the Bega Valley Community Transport Service on its move to new and improved premises on the corner of Hill and Peden Streets, and its volunteers for their ongoing dedication.
The NSW Government provided $22,000 to assist with relocation costs and the installation of air-conditioning at the new premises, on top of regular funding of more than $200,000 each year.
“Many people in the local community have contributed towards the moving of Bega Valley Community Transport Service to their new premises in Hill St,” Ms Sharpe said.
“I understand that many hours have been volunteered as part of the moving process and those who gave their time to such an important cause should be congratulated.”
Ms Sharpe said NSW Government-funded community transport organisations in NSW provide vital links to the community for people who live in their own homes and are no longer able to drive, be driven, or use public transport.
She said the NSW Government provides more than $213,000 each year for Bega Valley Community Transport Service to carry out such work.
Ms Sharpe said the organisation had contributed to the community through: providing transport for social, shopping and medical needs; providing volunteer drivers in service-owned vehicles and private vehicles; providing bus brokerage when required; and offering taxi vouchers for out of hours transport.
“The service supports around 1400 people in the Shire,” Ms Sharpe said.
“Community transport services like this one enables eligible people to shop for their own food, have their hair done,
visit friends and attend appointments,” she said.
“More than 65 of the workers in this service are volunteers and their efforts do not go unnoticed – they should be congratulated.
“They deserve a new base and I’m very pleased to be visiting for the opening.”