Maggie Clark boards at Tyagarah, helped by Amanda Lucantonio and driver Daniel-John Peterson.
Maggie Clark boards at Tyagarah, helped by Amanda Lucantonio and driver Daniel-John Peterson. Digby Hildreth

Shuttle bus needs more support

THREE days a week a shuttle bus leaves Byron Shire to hospitals and doctors in Brisbane, assisting the aged and disabled to travel in comfort to and from their specialist appointments.

But if more people don't take advantage of the service, its future looks in doubt.

The average number of passengers each trip is two or three - and North Coast Shuttle service co-ordinator Amanda Lucantonio says more are needed to keep the service running.

"After four months in operation the numbers are quite low and may not be re-funded by Transport for NSW if it is not deemed viable for re-funding," Ms Lucantonio said. "Ideally we would have 12 people in the bus, six clients and their six carers."

The service costs $50, but Ms Lucantonio said no one in genuine need is refused.

"We also cater to the transport-disadvantaged, low-income and indigenous clients."

The emphasis is on support for the clients, free-of-charge rides for carers and door-to-door travel, she said.



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