The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to increase funding to the Community Assessability Transport Program, to ensure daily transport options from Shepparton to Melbourne are available to clients.
Speaking in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell highlighted the important service provided by Community Accessability and sought a commitment from the State Government to increase funding for the program.
Community Assessability provides a range of transport options for the elderly and disadvantaged members of the community. These services include driving clients to and from medical appointments within the Hume region as well as specialist appointments in Melbourne.
Inadequate government funding for the program has seen the Shepparton program forced to cut the Melbourne trips from five days per week to twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell:
“The Community Assessability Transport Program is the only means by which some of the most vulnerable members of our community can attend important medical appointments locally and in Melbourne.
“The current funding streams from both Governments are inadequate which has resulted in a cut in services provided to clients.
“With the program only travelling from Shepparton to Melbourne on Tuesday and Thursday, many local clients are unable access specialist medical appointments that are not available on these days.
“I have called on the Andrews Labor Government to support Community Assessability and provide additional funding so their Transport Program can return to providing a daily service between Shepparton and Melbourne five times per week – Monday to Friday.”
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