Buses pro­vide a healthy link to Bundy

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MONTO el­derly residents need­ing to get to med­i­cal ap­point­ments in Bundaberg can now do so through a new trans­port ser­vice.

Buses can take pa­tients on Tues­days and Thurs­days – or­gan­ised by com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion Monto Driv­ing Force Inc.

Monto Driv­ing Force pres­i­dent Lyn Tucker said a three-month trial un­til Septem­ber will give an in­di­ca­tion of the de­mand for and ef­fect of the ser­vice.

“Even though we have the buses avail­able, we need peo­ple for the buses to make it cost ef­fec­tive of at least two peo­ple a trip,” she said.

“Gen­er­ally, peo­ple make health ap­point­ments in ad­vance so we’re ex­pect­ing to get more peo­ple go­ing over to­wards the end of the three months.

“It needs to be for health-re­lated ap­point­ments like den­tist, doc­tor, or op­tometrist; we’re not go­ing for shop­ping trips.”

Ms Tucker said that for peo­ple who sim­ply are not able to sched­ule their health ap­point­ments for a Tues­day or a Thurs­day, other ar­range­ments can be made to get them to Bundaberg safely.

“In that case, they can call us and we will find a driver to take them over in­di­vid­u­ally in a car,” she said.

“Some of the residents have per­fect ve­hi­cles but are just not al­lowed to drive out of town.”

To book in or to find out whether you are el­i­gi­ble, phone Ms Tucker on 4166 5161 or Lyn Woodall on 4166 1091.

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