Bus boost for elders’ health
A new $200,000 bus will help Ngadju elders access much-needed health services.
The Ngadju Native Title Aboriginal Corporation has bought the 25-seat vehicle to transport people from Norseman and Kambalda to KalgoorlieBoulder.
Corporation chief executive Paul Stenson said the bus would visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder once or twice a week so elders could access doctors and other specialist medical services.
He said addressing the health needs of Ngadju people was identified as a high priority when the corporation went through a strategic planning process in May last year.
“Norseman, being the central hub for Ngadju people, it’s important that we do things to look after the Ngadju community, as well as the broader community,” he said.
Mr Stenson said the trips would also allow the elders to go shopping, buy food and other goods, and provide them with an enjoyable social experi- ence. He said the vehicle had top-ofthe-range disability access facilities.
Mr Stenson said the use of the bus was not restricted to elders, nor the Ngadju community.
“While the bus has been purchased by the Ngadju Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, we certainly won’t preclude other people in need from using that facility, we (will) certainly open it up to the broader community for anyone else that needed to potentially come to Kalgoorlie for medical purposes or other purposes,” Mr Stenson said.
He said the vehicle could also take people to and from Esperance, and the corporation would consider extending the service to Coolgardie.
“There may be an inter-school competition in Esperance (and) we’ll take a group of children from Norseman down to Esperance for a sporting event or some other social activity . . . it’s not limited to the elders,” he said.
He said the corporation generated income from 1447 mining tenements across its 20,000sqkm, and this had paid for the bus.
Boulder RSL treasurer Deanne Caudle and Boulder RSL president Jan LeBrun.