FUNDING INCREASE FOR COMMUNITY TRANSPORT IN LISMORE
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced that Lismore will directly benefit from more than $81,000 in NSW Government funding for community transport services.
Mr George said the funding will go towards providing safe and reliable transport for those who can’t access regular services in areas including Kyogle, Lismore, Byron, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield and Tweed.
Funding recipients include Northern Rivers Community Transport, Northern Rivers Social Development Council, Tweed, Byron and Ballina Community Transport, Tenterfield and Glen Severn Community Transport, and Blind and Vision Impaired Community Transport.
“This Government is committed to supporting community transport and recognises the integral role community transport providers play in helping residents overcome barriers to access,” Mr George said.
“By funding community transport, we can make sure people who cannot drive themselves have access to their local community and essential services.
“By giving people more transport options, we ensure they don’t feel cut off or isolated from our community.”
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government has increased its funding to Community Transport Projects by $2 million dollars this financial year.
“Overall, this Government has committed to increasing funding for Community Transport by $12 million over four years.
“This will ensure regional and transport disadvantaged areas have access to vital transport services for years to come.” she said.
“This increase in funding represents a massive 100 per cent funding increase over the period.
“This funding boost is an excellent example of how the NSW Government is working With local communities to provide modern, comfortable, safe and accessible transport options.
“The 2013 funding means local residents will have better transport options, with communities’ right across the state set to benefit.”