New service is set go – now just add clients
The district’s first “community car” has arrived, volunteer drivers have signed up, now all that is needed is for people to use this exciting new service.
A successful application to the Mid North Community Passenger Network (MNCPN), by District Council of Mallala earlier in the year has now secured a car for the district, which will be based at the Mallala Community Hospital.
The car will be available to people in the area who have transport issues.
“The car is for members of the community who may be transport disadvantaged; may be aged, frail, isolated or have a disability; have no access to transport; may need to attend a medical appointment and have been advised not to drive home; family or friends are not available to assist with transport; or may not own or drive a vehicle,” said DCM community development officer, Lynette Seccafien.
“The service will have a six month trial period so it is important we promote and use the service to retain it.”
Volunteers will drive the vehicle, which has a fee for service based on the number of kilometres travelled.
This car will be the seventh in the MNCPN fleet, with co-ordinator, Damien Graham, saying it was a long time coming.
“The general feel of the whole community is they are looking forward to having it here,” Damien said.
“It’s been a long time coming (and) it’s a good feeling to give something to the community for them to use; they can take ‘ownership’ of it (but) we need this to be a viable service, people need to use it.”
The service already has a couple of bookings and has been welcomed by staff at Mallala Community Hospital.
MCH chief executive officer, Belinda Sharp, said the community car was a welcome addition to the area.
“It offers a greater opportunity for our residents to access services out of the area,” Belinda said.
“Particularly for those who don’t have family who can take them.”
Bookings for the community car are essential and can be made by contacting MNCPN on 8842 1677.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, contact District Council of Mallala community development officer, Lynette Seccafien on 8527 0200.