Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott and Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet today announced the NSW Government had secured a 38 per cent increase in federal government funding for community transport in the Hills to help people who have a disability or are too frail to travel independently.
“The funding boost is provided under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program and aims to help people live independently by providing transport to shopping, medical and other appointments,” Mr Elliott said.
“Community transport is an important link that helps people stay independent when they can’t drive or need extra help with things like getting their shopping home.
“Of course, we thank the hardworking volunteers who give their time to ensure services like this can operate.”
In the Hills, Hills Community Transport and Wangary Community Transport provide community transport services using HACC funding.
Mr Perrottet said the increase was part of a larger $12 million, 30 per cent statewide increased in HACC funding and will result in 6,456 extra trips in the region.
“The statewide increase will provide around 389,000 extra community transport trips every year, bringing the number of HACC funded trips in NSW to around 1.6 million annually,” Mr Perrottet said.
“This is a significant increase that will make a big difference to our ability to help people connect with local services through community transport.
“This extra funding is on top of the boost to community transport delivered by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government in the 2013-14 NSW Budget,” Mr Perrottet said.
For information about community transport in the Hills, contact Hills Community Transport on 9761 7600 or Wangary Community Transport on 4734 9420.