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Crossenvale calls for funding to keep seniors bus service on the road

By Ivy Jensen

COUNTLESS seniors in the Echuca-Moama area rely on Crossenvale Community Transport bus to get around.

Without it, they would struggle to get to medical and social service appointments and community programs.

But that could be the case if Crossenvale Community House can't get more funding to keep the bus operating.

Co-ordinator Sheridan Clark said its community transport funding ceased in December and it would need about $20,000 to keep it running for another year.

“If we can get at least $10,000 to pay for any unexpected repairs and registration that would be fantastic,” she said.

“Our fees are covering fuel at the moment but we're very worried if we have a repair that needs to be done this year that we don't have the costs, and the bus will have to go off the road.

“Last year we replaced one of our door motors and that was $4500 so we definitely need some funding behind us to keep it going.

“Anyone interested in sponsoring the bus, we are happy to put their business or service logo on the window of the bus to promote them.”

The bus, donated by Moama Bowling Club in 2018, delivers an affordable and beneficial transport option to people over 55 who are experiencing transport disadvantage or have a disability in the community.

The door-to-door supported service has been running for 12 months and aims to help disadvantaged seniors stay independent and connected to the local community.

“Our numbers are increasing from last year which is great, and all up we have about 50 seniors using the bus,” Ms Clark said.

“We are also in need of voluntary casual drivers to help drive the bus.”

If you can help with funding, sponsorship or volunteer driving, contact Sheridan on 5480 3583 or crossenvale@gmail.com