TAMWORTH ELECTORATE COMMUNITY TRANSPORT
RECEIVES FUNDING BOOST
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced the NSW Government had secured a large increase in federal government funding for community transport in the Tamworth electorate to help people who have a disability or are too frail to travel independently.
Mr Anderson said the funding boost is provided under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program and aims to help people live independently by providing transport to shopping, medical and other appointments.
“Community transport is an important link that helps people stay independent when they can’t drive or need extra help with things like getting their shopping home.
“Of course, we thank the hardworking volunteers who give their time to ensure services like this can operate,” Mr Anderson said.
In the Tamworth electorate, Oxley Community Transport received $227,906 an increase of 60 per cent on last year’s annual funding with Gunnedah Community Transport receiving a 28 per cent increase with $38,402 allocated.
The region’s funding increase is part of a larger $12 million, 30 per cent state-wide increase in HACC funding and will result in nearly 10,000 extra trips in our region.
“The state-wide increase will provide around 389,000 extra community transport trips every year, bringing the number of HACC funded trips in NSW to around 1.6 million annually.
“This is a significant increase that will make a big difference to our ability to help people connect with local services through community transport,” Mr Anderson concluded.
For information about community transport in Oxley Community Transport in Tamworth phone 6766 3277 and Gunnedah Community Transport on 6740 2253.