$110K TO KEEP TOWN MOVING
Funding to improve community transport
HEATHCOTE’S public and community transport services have received a boost from the state government.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes was in Heathcote last week to announce the investment of more than $110,000 to make it easier for locals to get where they need to go.
Community transport services are in high demand in Heathcote but providers have reported that training and recruiting a sufficient number of volunteers is a challenge.
Heathcote Health will receive $65,000 to boost the capability and number of volunteer community transport drivers, while Advance Heathcote will be provided with $45,000 to help educate the community about local transport options so they can attend appointments and participate fully in their community.
The funding will be used to develop a standardised training pack and onboarding process to support volunteer drivers for community transport services. This improved training will help boost volunteer experience and pave the way for an expansion of community transport services in Heathcote.
“This is another fantastic result following the government’s expansion of public bus services in Heathcote earlier this year,” Ms Symes said.
“Community transport services are vital to help our country communities stay involved with their community and access services.
“Labor is paving the way for an expansion of community transport services in Heathcote with extra funding to train and recruit volunteers and raise community awareness about all of the local transport options.”
The Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton, welcomed the funding.
“The Andrews Labor government investing in flexible and tailored transport trials and services in Heathcote is a great win for our local community,” she said.
Advance Heathcote will develop detailed brochures about the transport options available in the town and recruit and train volunteer travel champions to promote the services.
Some funding will also be used to install seats at appropriate locations, signage and other small-scale infrastructure to provide a better experience for passengers.
Both projects will help grow the number of volunteers and drivers supporting community and public transport in the region.