Bus boost for el­ders’ health

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Neil Watkinson

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.

Pic­ture: Tori O'Con­nor

Boul­der RSL trea­surer Deanne Cau­dle and Boul­der RSL pres­i­dent Jan Le­Brun.

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