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Door to Door - Wheelchair Accessible - minibus service in Tennant Creek
Tennant Creek Transport started a door-to-door minibus service on the 20th of March 2018.
"Ever since we started the town service there have been some people who would prefer a service that takes them directly to their destination." said service Convenor Georgina Bracken, "Well this is the service for them".
wheelchair The service is a boon to many people with disabilities who also have difficulty getting to the town service bus stops. "The bus we use is wheelchair accessible and can pick people up at their homes and take them right to the door of their destination", he explained.
NDIS participants can apply to use this service under their NDIS plan. NDIS transport provider.
The service runs Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
COST : waged $10/ Concession $8 / Child 5-12 $4 ( child under 5 free)
NB The Driver takes a break for an hour at Midday.
Call the driver on : 0467 335 400 ( please be patient - the driver maybe loading or unloading wheelchair passengers)
Best option is to Prior Book via email:
HISTORY - From 2014
Tennant Creek residents are now enjoying a new bus service which is running five days a week throughout the town. The service is the first of its kind in Tennant Creek and started just as the town’s only taxi suspended its operations.
Two years ago a report published by NTCOSS highlighted the problems some Tennant Creek residents have in getting around town and accessing essential services such as shopping, the hospital and other services in the centre of town.
In response a bunch of dedicated residents formed a non-profit transport group Tennant Creek Transport (TCT).
The group spent nearly two years trying to set up a bus service assisted by a grant from the Centrecorp Foundation and support from local agencies and Tennant Creek Advisory Board. Earlier this year TCT engaged a transport worker, Charlie Richardson, to apply for approval to run a public bus service and to find and train some drivers. Charlie finished his work in July having set up the town’s first bus service.
The work was then taken over by the two new drivers who have achieved endorsement by the NT Department of Transport and a very hard working committee. Lead by Convenor Georgina Bracken, the group continues to manage the day to day tasks involved in running a bus service. The service uses a bus loaned to TCT by Barkly Arts.
The bus service is open to any member of the public, and its route is designed to make it easy and convenient for people living in the Town Living Areas to get to Tennant Creek’s only supermarket, to Centrelink, to the hospital and Anyginginyi Health Clinic and to other services in the main street. The service also helps to people keep in touch with and visit relatives and friends living at the opposite end of town.
The service has now been in operation for 10 weeks and runs once an hour 5 hours a day, Monday to Friday. Tickets can be bought on board ($4 and $2 for children) or pre-purchased from the Food Barn.
If you want to catch the bus obtain a timetable from the Food Barn or from local community agencies. You can also ring the driver on 0455 033 506.
Look out for the purple bus and jump on board!
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