Community gets together for Sussex Inlet bus project

Apr 3, 2012 by

Sussex Inlet Foundation for Community Development Inc recently celebrated the delivery of their new IMAX 8 seat bus at the Sussex Inlet Neighbourhood Centre.  

The Veolia Mulwaree Trust provided a grant of $21,659 toward the project cost, 50% of the funding.  Other funding was contributed by the Sussex Inlet Foundation for Community Development and local organisations including Rotary Sussex Inlet and the RSL Sub-branch. 

The Foundation has provided a community transport service since 1986. The service assists more than 805 clients each year to get to various appointments. Clients come from Suss

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ex Inlet, Badgee, Berara, Swanhaven and Cudmirrah. Craft, diabetic, and Cancer Support Rehabilitation, all use the transport service. Sussex Inlet is 12km from the main highway with no public transport services. The reliance on community organisations for integral services is very high according to the Sussex Inlet Foundation for Community Development.

The organisation's previous bus was purchased in 2003 and had travelled more than 207,000kms and reached the end of it's life. The running costs were making the bus uneconomical to run.

Community transport is provided four times a week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to Nowra for medical and professional appointments. Every second Wednesday the organisation has “Evergreens” Frail Aged Group at the Centre for a hot lunch and craft.

Pictured at the recent bus launch are Foundation representatives John Howlett, President Jane Piazza and Treasurer Robyne Houchin with Veolia Mulwaree Trust Chairman Paul Stephenson.

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