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Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

THE SMART and CHOPRRS pro­grams have been re­named as a Cour­tesy Trans­port Ser­vice and will utilise guide­lines of the Queens­land Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads to keep the ser­vice func­tion­ing.

How­ever, due to the guide­lines of the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Child Safety and Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices, the ser­vice can no longer be pro­vided in the MCDC or­gan­i­sa­tional ve­hi­cle, due to fund­ing re­stric­tions. Nor can the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s com­mu­nity ser­vices of­fi­cer fa­cil­i­tate the ser­vice.

MCDC is hop­ing a vol­un­teer from within the Monto com­mu­nity will of­fer time to fa­cil­i­tate the ser­vice, and that through do­na­tions re­ceived by MCDC, a ve­hi­cle may be pur­chased.

The Cour­tesy Trans­port Ser­vice has for the past 16 months as­sisted 26 peo­ple, mostly over 70 years of age, with 35 trips to hos­pi­tals in both Bund­aberg, Glad­stone, and Rock­hamp­ton and three clients to ac­cess orthodon­tic ser­vices on five trips to both Biloela and Gayn­dah.

There have been five vol­un­teer driv­ers with C class li­cences.

MCDC staff and man­age­ment hope there are enough peo­ple in the area, or friends of this area, who can as­sist to keep this very worth­while ser­vice go­ing. If you can help, please con­tact 4166 1733.

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