Wheatbelt Transport Pilot successful

September 11, 2017 at 2:29 PM

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The Creating Age Friendly Communities – Local Transport Solutions Project aimed to improve transport options for older residents living in the Wheatbelt. 

The Project identified transport options from small towns to regional centres, allowing Seniors across the Region to better access key services and infrastructure including health and medical, specialty retail as well as recreation and social opportunities. The project then established trials of these options to better understand the benefits and costs of each. 

Three Age Friendly Transport Pilots provided weekly or fortnightly bus services to the nearest service centre and operated on a six month trial basis. The participating local governments were Wongan-Ballidu and Victoria Plains travelling to Northam; Kondinin, Kulin and Wickepin travelling to Narrogin; and Dandaragan and Gingin travelling to Joondalup. 

The Transport Pilots were partly funded by a per kilometre subsidy by the Wheatbelt Development Commission. Ticketing, marketing, buses and drivers were provided by the local governments and in the Shires of Dandaragan and Gingin, a local bus contractor provided the bus and driver. Overall the Transport Pilots were considered a success and valuable community trial that gave easier access to service centres and a social connection for the passengers. 

In partnership with UWA, the data and survey feedback from the three Transport Pilots has been included in the Local Transport Solutions Report. The Report also includes analysis of other national and international age friendly transport programs and recommendations on potential solutions to address the demand for access to service centres for older Wheatbelt residents on a regular day trip basis. 

Please click here for the Local Transport Solutions report. 

For more information please contact Elise Woods at the Wheatbelt Development Commission on 9622 7222 or email elise.woods@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au.

 

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