Rural Northwest Health has reintroduced a community bus service from Hopetoun to Horsham.
The new service is being trialed monthly to give community members a social outing and a different landscape. It was introduced after community consultation through Rural Northwest Health’s Hopetoun Beulah Reference Group.
Group committee member Barbara Hallam said the feedback through a Community Action Research Group meeting was disappointment that the original community bus service had stopped.
“The original service was introduced to help isolated people with no regular means of transportation get to medical appointments in bigger centres like Warracknabeal and Horsham,” Mrs Hallam said.
“The service stopped because it wasn’t being utilised enough to warrant the costs involved,” she said.
“But the new service under trial will run monthly and we have four volunteer bus drivers who will generously donate their time to help keep the cost to a minimum.”
Mrs Hallam said the service could be used socially or for any purpose and where possible, passengers would be delivered directly to their destination, within reason.
“The bus leaves Hopetoun Senior Citizens Club at 9am so there is plenty of time to enjoy a day away,” she said.
“There is a $10 fee for the day which is to help cover fuel costs.”
Hopetoun residents wishing to book a seat on the Community Bus will need to contact Gateway BEET.