Member for Dubbo Troy Grant yesterday announced that the Dubbo electorate would directly benefit from more than $122,000 in NSW Government funding for community transport services.
Mr Grant said this much-needed funding would go towards providing safe and reliable transport for those who couldn’t access regular services in areas including Narromine, Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes and Cabonne.
Funding recipients in the Dubbo electorate include Dubbo Community Transport, Parkes-Forbes Community Transport, Peak Hill Community Bus and Cabonne Community Transport.
“The O’Farrell/Stoner Government is committed to supporting community transport and recognises the integral role community transport providers play in helping residents overcome barriers to access,” Mr Grant said.
“By funding community transport we can make sure people who cannot drive themselves have access to their local community and essential services.
“By giving people more transport options, we ensure they don’t feel cut off or isolated from our community,” said Mr Grant.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government had increased its funding to community transport projects by $2 million this financial year.
“Overall, this Government has committed to increasing funding for community transport by $12 million over four years,” said Ms Berejiklian.
“This will ensure regional and transport disadvantaged areas have access to vital transport services for years to come.”
According to Ms Berejiklian, this increase in funding represents a massive 100 per cent funding increase over the period.
“This funding boost is an excellent example of how the NSW Government is working,’’ she said.
“With local communities to provide modern, comfortable, safe and accessible transport options.
“The 2013 funding means local residents will have better transport options, with communities’ right across the state set to benefit.”
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