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Dingley Village Community bus still rolling along to keep the community connected

16 August 2018

For the past decade the Dingley Village Community Bus has helped keep the local community moving thanks to the Dingley Village Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and the Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre.

Kingston Council has paid tribute to the dedicated staff and volunteers at the Neighbourhood Centre who have managed the day-to-day workings of the bus over many years and to the Bendigo Bank for their long-term support.

“The community bus has helped hundreds of Dingley residents – particularly the elderly – stay active and engaged by transporting them to community events, services and outings,” Kingston CEO John Nevins said.

“The bus has helped people stay connected in their neighbourhood, build new networks and avoid isolation and I commend both the Neighbourhood Centre and the Bendigo Bank for their long-standing support.”

Mr Nevins said the bus would continue to have a strong future and will now be managed by Kingston Council.

“With issues such as safety requirements, mechanical upkeep and oversight becoming more intensive and complex – it is now better suited for all community buses to be managed by Council,” Mr Nevins said. “Kingston already manages a number of other community buses across the municipality and we’re happy to add this bus to our fleet, with priority access to continue to be given to local eligible Dingley groups.”

Kingston’s community bus service is available to:

  • Transport frail aged people and people with a disability, on a door to door basis, to shopping centres, swimming pools, senior citizens' centres, medical centres and other social and recreational activities.
  • Self-drive hire service for eligible community groups, sporting clubs and other non-profit organisations within the municipality, on weekends and out of business hours.

To find out more about hiring the bus, either as an individual or for a community group, contact 1300 819 200.

 

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