Volunteer Driver Trial For The Wimmera Takes Off

27 October 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Wimmera locals get to medical appointments with a new local transport service run by volunteer drivers.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced the start of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Community Transport Service Kaniva to Horsham route.

Locals in Kaniva, Nhill, Dimboola and Pimpino who require transport assistance or do not have a driver’s licence, will be picked up from home in the morning and dropped off at designated locations including Horsham town centre and the Wimmera Base Hospital.

Passengers can attend appointments or conduct business in town before departing for home in the afternoon from the same locations.

The Labor Government has partnered with the Centre for Participation to fund the local transport pilot. Increased local transport options for regional communities was identified as a priority in the Labor Government’s Regional Network Development Plan, released in May 2016.

Services will begin between Kaniva and Horsham, with the Centre for Participation then working with the community to identify future routes between Edenhope to Horsham and nearby towns.

Locals wishing to volunteer as a driver or to access the transport service should contact the Centre for Participation on 5382 5607.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“It's hard getting around regional Victoria without a car or driver's licence, so we’re helping people get where they need to go.”

“Hopefully this program can give locals doing it tough a hand when going about their day.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

This program is about harnessing the generosity and community spirit of Horsham and using it to help those who need it most.”

Quotes attributable to Centre for Participation CEO Julie Pettett

Four years in the making, this community transport campaign is the outcome of persistent focus from local community leaders and great support from Minister Allan.”

“The two year pilot is a recognition of the transport disadvantage faced by rural and remote communities and is a welcomed, much needed community transport service allowing for volunteers in the region to do what they do well – and that is assist those that need support.”

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