Strong support for Gympie Medical Transport

Gympie Medical Transport will be able to take more clients to important medical appointments after receiving funding to purchase a third vehicle through the Stronger Communities Programme, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.
 
The 100 per cent volunteer-run community service will receive $13,990 through Round 6 of the Stronger Communities Programme to purchase a vehicle for its fleet, enabling more patients to access its door-to-door service at an affordable cost. 
 
“Gympie Medical Transport volunteers assist in driving people from the Gympie region to see their medical practitioners in Hervey Bay, Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane,” said Mr O’Brien.
 
“The service fills a much-needed gap in our community enabling people to travel to their appointments where there are either no public transport options or the cost of travel is prohibitive.”

“The organisation is funded by the community and local businesses, and I’m pleased the Liberal Nationals Government is also contributing to this important service for people in the region who might be otherwise unable to get to their medical and specialist appointments.”
 
“Gympie Medical Transport is a great local initiative and I encourage anyone who is interested in supporting them to get in touch with the committee by calling them on 0492 980 083.
 
The Stronger Communities Programme Round 6 provided up to $150,000 for each of the 151 federal electorates in Australia, with grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 available for eligible organisations including incorporated not-for-profit community service and sporting groups and councils.
 
“There is always strong interest in the Stronger Communities Programme grants, and competition is keen, so I encourage organisations interested in bringing forward SCP project proposals in future rounds to contact my electorate office on telephone 4121 2936, or the Sunshine Coast, or Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development Australia Committees through the website www.rda.gov.au,” Mr O’Brien said.

Previous rounds of the SCP delivered funding to a range of organisations in Wide Bay, assisting with:

  • An aerator for the fish ponds at Murgon, through the Rotary Club of Murgon
  • First aid equipment and tools for Murgon Men’s Shed
  • A community garden for Graham House Community Centre
  • Electrical works for the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum
  • Upgraded kitchen and hot water supply for Goomeri Show Society
  • Three commemorative mosaics at Cooroy-Pomoma RSL
  • A new kitchen and change rooms for Cooroy Gymnastics
  • A jet-ski for Noosa Boardriders
  • Air conditioning for the activity Shed at Noosa’s Sunshine Butterflies disability service
  • New audio visual technology for Gympie Chamber of Commerce
  • Funding towards new vehicles for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport service
  • Improved car parking and accessibility for South Burnett First Aid Volunteers at the Murgon Training Centre
  • Two new portable salvage-fire fighting pumps for Noosa Coast Guard’s rescue boats.
  • A new Digger’s Memorial for Tewantin-Noosa RSL Sub-Branch
  • Upgraded arena flooring for Maryborough Riding for the Disabled
  • A new hay shed for Gympie’s Hope Reins
  • Displays at Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Complex
  • A new all-terrain vehicle for Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club
  • A solar power system at Vinnies Noosaville.
  • A new 10-pallet truck for Maryborough’s Foodbasket.
  • Security cameras for Tin Can Bay Fishing Club.
  • Solar panels for Tin Can Bay RSL & Citizens’ Memorial Hall; and more.