New set of wheels for town

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

Gir­garre Com­mu­nity Cot­tage has wel­comed an up­dated com­mu­nity car.

A new Kia Sportage from Thomp­son Mo­tor Group Shep­par­ton was de­liv­ered ear­lier this month.

Gir­garre Com­mu­nity Cot­tage co­or­di­na­tor Kezia Tal­bot said a com­mu­nity car was first im­ple­mented in Gir­garre in 1983 to com­bat a lack of pub­lic trans­port.

Ms Tal­bot said the first car was a 1978 Kingswood sta­tion wagon and was used pre­dom­i­nately for trans­port­ing clients for med­i­cal ap­point­ments and to do shop­ping.

‘‘The car trav­els mainly to Shep­par­ton, Bendigo, Be­nalla, Al­bury, Kyabram and Mel­bourne, how­ever other cen­tres are also vis­ited,’’ she said.

Ms Tal­bot said the ve­hi­cles since had been bought through self­fund­ing with the ma­jor fundraiser be­ing a nurs­ery which was run out of a vol­un­teer’s home gar­den un­til 2005.

‘‘In 2005 the Green Thumbs Nurs­ery was es­tab­lished at the cot­tage,’’ she said.

‘‘Open to the pub­lic two days per week, the nurs­ery sup­plies all of the plants for the stall at the Gir­garre Farm­ers and Craft Mar­ket which is held once a month.’’

Ms Tal­bot said a new Holden Cap­tiva was bought in May 2014 and clocked up 13 500 km on more than 192 trips in the first year. It was traded in for the new Kia.

‘‘The Gir­garre Com­mu­nity Cot­tage fa­cil­i­tates the book­ings, main­te­nance and gen­eral day-to-day op­er­a­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘But the com­mu­nity car is owned by the peo­ple and is for the peo­ple of Gir­garre.’’

New wheels: Vol­un­teer car co-or­di­na­tor Wendy Burke and com­mit­tee mem­ber Rob Axen with Thomp­son Mo­tor Group sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ben Al­lan.

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