Community Transport Funding increased

MEMBER FOR BURRINJUCK, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced today that local community transport organisations serving the electorate of Burrinjuck will receive an extra $83,000 in State Government funding this financial year.
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“This is an increase of 55 per cent over last year’s funding, bringing the total community transport funding for the Burrinjuck electorate to more than $235,000 in 2011-12,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

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.

“The Community Transport Program is vital for seniors, the ill, people with disability and people who live in isolated communities, helping them feel linked with their local community,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

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

“Non-emergency transport assists people to get to medical appointments, social and recreational activities, shopping and social services.”

The local community transport organisations to receive additional funding are:

* Weddin Community Transport – an extra $17,000 (total funding $29,905)

* Harden Community Transport – an extra $12,500 (total funding $15,760)

* Temora Community Transport – an extra $19,300 (total funding $31,819)

* Young Community Transport – an extra $10,000 (total funding $25,964)

* Yass Home Living Support – an extra $2,000 (total funding $8,533)

* Cowra Community support – an extra $10,000 (total funding $54,773)

* Goulburn community transport – an extra $2,000 (total funding $20,317)

* Junee Community Transport – an extra $17,000 (total funding $45,955)

Katrina said improvements to Community Transport are a priority for the NSW Government and she congratulated Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian for moving so quickly to provide extra funding and improved services for passengers.

“This is the first increase in increase community transport funding in 12 years and it is being delivered within the first year of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering better community transport services to help the less mobile in our local areas.”

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.

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