New set of wheels for town
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.