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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Community transport organisations serving the Dubbo electorate will receive an extra $32,000– an increase of 20 per cent - in State Government funding this financial year, said the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant.

Mr Grant said he had been advised by the Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian that the State Government would provide the organisations with a total of $195,500 in 2011-12.

The funding boost comes after the NSW Government committed an extra $12 million over four years to community transport organisations across the State through the Community Transport Program.

“This is great news for Dubbo,” Mr Grant said.

“The Community Transport Program is vital for seniors, the ill, people with disability and people who live in isolated communities because it helps them maintain their links with their local community.

“It provides non-emergency transport to members of the community who do not have access to transport.

“This includes assisting people to get to medical appointments, social and recreational activities, shopping and social services.”

The local community transport organisations to receive funding are:

  • Cowra Community Transport – an extra $10,000 (total funding $54,773)
  • Dubbo Community Transport – an extra $2000 (total funding $14,354)
  • Parkes/Forbes Community Transport – an extra $10,000 (total funding $58,577)
  • Cabonne Community Transport – an extra $10,000 (total funding $67,836)

Ms Berejiklian said the NSW Government was committed to boosting the Community Transport Program by delivering on its commitment to provide extra funding and improved services for passengers.

“Thousands of volunteers across the State do fantastic work to improve the lives of those disadvantaged people who need transport services to maintain a normal life,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“In the last 12 years, the previous Labor Government failed to increase community transport funding but the NSW Liberals & Nationals are committed to delivering better community transport services to help the less mobile in our local areas.”

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