NEW INITIATIVE: Brian White welcomes people to come and sign up to be part of the new transport committee, or express their need to be transported for appointments.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times
NEW INITIATIVE: Brian White welcomes people to come and sign up to be part of the new transport committee, or express their need to be transported for appointments.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

Driving a new service to Monto residents

MONTO Driving Force is leading the way in providing a new service to local residents.

With Lyn Tucker as chairman, Lyn Woodall the treasurer and Kylie Queale as secretary, the new committee will work on helping transport eligible people get to medical appointments outside of town.

"We've just had our first meeting and are working on getting the word out there," Mrs Tucker said.

"There's quite a few things to set up - we hope to get the transport service going by February. So far we already have eight volunteer drivers."

Some of the issues that need to be ironed out include the process of people becoming verified as eligible for transportation through COMLINK Bundaberg, and training for volunteers.

Fundraising coordinator Brian White has taken charge of promotion.

"I have been out promoting the service on Newton St - people have started signing on to help.

"People can come see me to either become a part of the committee, or express interest in using the service," he said.

North Burnett Regional Council has jumped on board to help the group and will provide a bus for them to use.

General manager David Wiskar said the council would continue to work with the service in future.

"After the service is running for a bit, the next plan is for us to go down to Bundaberg and see if doctors can schedule appointment times in blocks rather than in separate slots to make it more convenient," he said.

"The transport service will not interfere with the current bus service, because it will run on different days."

For more information either talk to Brian White on Newton St or phone Kevin Fox on 41661733.


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