NAT MPS APPLAUD 27PC LOCAL FUNDING BOOST FOR COMMUNITY TRANSPORT
A 27 per cent funding increase for transport services for local elderly and disabled people on the North Coast has been welcomed by the region’s NSW Nationals MPs, Geoff Provest, Thomas George , Don Page and Chris Gulaptis.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the NSW Government had been able to convince Canberra to increase the budget of Tweed, Byron and Ballina Community Transport and Northern Rivers Community Transport by $341,368 and $229,901 respectively.
“This is especially important for regional areas like ours which don’t have the same public transport options as Sydney,” Mr Provest said.
Lismore MP Thomas George said community transport was an essential way of helping many locals live more independently.
“Community transport provides access to shopping, medical and social services, recreation and social contact, for isolated families, older people, people with disabilities and carer,” Mr George said.
Ballina MP Don Page focused on the people who operated the system.
“It is wonderful that the North Coast has so many dedicated volunteers who give their time to ensure services like this can operate,” Mr Page said.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the 27 per cent increase was part of a larger $12 million statewide boost in HACC funding and will result in more than 18,000 extra trips in the region.
“The statewide increase will provide around 389,000 extra community transport trips every year, bringing the number of HACC funded trips in NSW to around 1.6 million annually,” Mr Gulaptis said