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GRANT WELCOMES IMPROVEMENTS TO COUNTRYLINK'S ELVIS EXPRESS

Monday, July 09, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed CountryLink's decision to bring forward its 'Elvis Express' service due to overwhelming popular demand, for next year’s CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival.

The ‘Elvis Express’ will now leave a day earlier from Sydney’s Central Station on Thursday, 10 January 2013 rather than the traditional Friday departure date following feedback from festival organisers and Elvis fans.

"I have been advised that CountryLink made the decision to start the service a day earlier after seventy percent of respondents to a survey about the Elvis Express departure date requested CountryLink make the change,” Mr Grant said.

The extra day will give visitors to Parkes the chance to take advantage of more of the Festival’s activities, such as free main stage entertainment and the Miss Priscilla Dinner.

“Nearly 400 Elvis fans joined the Elvis Express in a sold-out, all shook up, eight-carriage XPT train in 2012 and I'm pleased to learn that CountryLink will continue their support of this great regional event.”

The Elvis Express will depart Sydney on 10 January 2013, and return on Monday 14 January 2013.

CountryLink will release Elvis Express tickets for sale later this year. Fans that would like to be notified when the tickets go on sale should call CountryLink on 132 232.

DUBBO, FORBES, PARKES AND CABONNE COMMUNITY TRANSPORT BOOST

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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