8 June, 2024

Somerset loses key transport

Able Australia will stop its transport services funded by the Australian Government in Somerset due to inadequate funding.

Somerset loses key transport - feature photo

Able Australia has been providing services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program to the West Moreton Region, which encompasses Somerset, for the past decade and delivered about 1200 trips monthly.

Somerset Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke said the withdrawal of the service from Somerset was an “incredibly disappointing” outcome.

“It is estimated that Able Australia currently provide transport for 75 older persons and have 30 more on their wait list for this council region,” Cr Brieschke said.

“Most clients use the service weekly for shopping and/or to attend local medical appointments.”

Services in Somerset will significantly reduce from October 1.

Council will write to the Minister for Health and Aged Care to express its concern regarding the loss of community transport within Somerset and request urgent additional resources to support community transport in Somerset.

In addition, Council will seek a deputation with the Minister in July.


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