Bus borrowing system launched Friday

BUS2GO: Bay and Basin Bendigo Bank branch manager Keith Robinson, director Veronica Husted, Shoalhaven City Council community development officer Karen Denny, community development officer and Shoalhaven Transport Register co-ordinator Kate Thomas, Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre manager Cindy Holmes, Bendigo Bank chairman Noel Burke, Smith Family partnership broker Lynelle Johnson and Shoalhaven Community Transport Service representative Leonie Dippel launch the Shoalhaven Transport Register in Junction Court on Friday.

BUS2GO: Bay and Basin Bendigo Bank branch manager Keith Robinson, director Veronica Husted, Shoalhaven City Council community development officer Karen Denny, community development officer and Shoalhaven Transport Register co-ordinator Kate Thomas, Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre manager Cindy Holmes, Bendigo Bank chairman Noel Burke, Smith Family partnership broker Lynelle Johnson and Shoalhaven Community Transport Service representative Leonie Dippel launch the Shoalhaven Transport Register in Junction Court on Friday.

IT has taken four years, but the Shoalhaven Transport Register has been launched.

The launch, at Nowra’s Junction Court on Friday, encouraged community groups to sign up to the project which provides transport at affordable prices.

Bay and Basin Bendigo Bank director Veronica Husted said to hire one of the buses you need to be a member of the register and borrowers must be part of a not-for-profit organisation.

“We saw a need for better transport services in the Bay and Basin area, but this project covers the whole of the Shoalhaven,” she said.

“It means sporting and community groups can loan the buses for a lot less than other services.

“There are 13 buses on board at the moment.”

Ms Husted said membership cost $110 per year.

The cost of buses ranged from $45 to $95 per day depending on the size of the vehicle.

“It means groups can take one busload of people to events instead of driving in separate cars,” Ms Husted said.

“It’s an affordable option.”

Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre was a major supporter of the project and centre manager Cindy Holmes said getting involved was their way of overcoming transport issues.

“It will mean families and elders from our community who need transport to things like meetings, preschool, parenting groups, support services or anything else will have access to that,” Ms Holmes said.

“This is going to make such a difference for community groups across the Shoalhaven.”

The Shoalhaven Transport Register is a joint project between Shoalhaven City Council, Transport NSW, Bay and Basin Bendigo Bank, The Smith Family Partnership Brokers and Relationships Australia.

For more information contact Kate Thomas on 4429 3456 or 0438 080 691.

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