2/11/2017

Stronger Communities grant helps keep Cooloola Coast Medical Transport on the road

A Wide Bay patient transport service will continue to safely carry clients to out-of-town medical appointments, after receiving funding through round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today. 

The $16,362 grant will enable Cooloola Coast Medical Transport to trade in its old vehicles and purchase three new Kia Cerato sedans to ensure the group can continue to provide door-to-door service safely and at an affordable cost.
 
“The organisation is funded by local businesses and the community and I’m pleased the Coalition Government is also making a contributing to support the Cooloola Coast community.” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“Cooloola Coast Medical Transport provides a much-needed service for people in the region who might not otherwise be able to get to their specialist appointments.
 
“Their volunteers transport people from the Cooloola Coast to see their medical practitioners in Hervey Bay, Gympie, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. 
 
“The Cooloola Coast wouldn’t be the same without this vital service and I am delighted they will be able to continue their good work with help from this grant through the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities program.”
 
“I congratulate Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Ian Gibbins and his team on the success of their application and wish them well for the future.”
 
Further information about Cooloola Coast Medical Transport and the service it provides is available from the website www.cooloolamedicaltransport.com.au
 
Kilkivan Men’s Shed will also become a reality after receiving a Stronger Communities grant, and other beneficiaries will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
The Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme is designed to improve the resilience of communities by providing capital grants for small projects of between $5000 and $20,000. Up to $150,000 is available in each electorate per year.
 
The grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and local councils. Applications for the third round of the program have recently closed and are now being assessed.

Further information on the SCP, including guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/SCP.