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.