ABORIGINAL ARTWORKS TO PROMOTE THE USE OF COMMUNITY BUSES

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP today announced the NSW Government will provide $18,000 to Northern Rivers Community Transport towards the Community Culture Bus project.

Mr George said the money will be used to wrap community transport buses in Aboriginal artworks designed by the local community, to encourage the continued use of buses.

“These buses help isolated communities access essential medical and social services and appointments,” Mr George said.

“This is a great opportunity to instil pride and respect for the use and upkeep of the two community buses in Jubullam and Muli Muli.

“It’s also an effective way to promote the availability of these buses. Similar projects have shown that artwork wraps encourage more people to make use of these buses,” Mr George said.

“This initiative is a good opportunity to encourage a strong sense of pride and ownership of these services and is in line with our aim to improve social inclusion and regional connectivity,” Mr George said.

Elders of the Jubullam and Muli Muli communities and the Regional Transport Coordinator have worked in collaboration with Northern Rivers Community Transport’s Aboriginal Transport Development Officer on this important project.

Mr George said the government is providing funding for this initiative under the Regional Transport Coordination Program, which aims to improve transport services for regional communities.

“This is one of many local initiatives that are being rolled out across regional NSW as part of the NSW Government’s support for local and community transport solutions,” Mr George said.

The Community Culture Bus project will run for 12 months and is planned to begin next month.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577