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New commuter bus benefits day centre

East Grampians Health Service CEO John Davies and Member for Ripon Joe Helper try out the new bus.

Visitors to and from the Patricia Hinchey Day Centre in Ararat will benefit from a new commuter bus.
Member for Ripon Joe Helper made the announcement after a special visit last week, handing the keys to president of the Patricia Hinchey Day Centre Client Meeting Group Rosie Dryburgh.
“The Patricia Hinchey Day Centre offers a terrific variety of enjoyable activities and events for elderly people and people with a disability,” Mr Helper said.
“Every week day, the centre uses two commuter buses to transport people, including ex service veterans and people with a disability to and from the centre.
“However the original commuter bus, which is over ten years old, has passed its ‘used by date’ and needs to be replaced.
“The Brumby Government, through the Department of Human Services Disability Section has contributed $28,500 funding towards the purchase of a replacement bus.
“This funding built on a fantastic local effort, which included a donation of $7,000 from a local fundraiser conducted by the Patricia Hinchey Auxiliary in conjunction with Pegis Fashions, $1000 from the Ararat RSL Community Grants Program and support from Ararat Legacy and local community members.
“This outcome would not have been possible without their generous support and today we recognise that contribution.”
Mr Helper said the commuter buses are also available to other areas of the East Grampians Health Service including Garden View Court Hostel, Lowe Street Aged Care Facility and Willaura Health Care.
“The commuter buses provide a level of mobility that would not otherwise be possible for many elderly residents and people with a disability,” he said.
“All involved with the Patricia Hinchey Day Centre should be proud of their involvement with this wonderful service and I’m delighted the Brumby Government has recognised and supported their efforts.”

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Posted on Dec 17 2008

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