With very limited public transport options in Cobar a number of older residents find it difficult to do their shopping, attend medical appointments and even visit their friends.
Often they have to rely on a family member or a friend to drive them to their appointments or to the supermarket.
And it’s not just frail aged people who are transport disadvantaged in Cobar.
Cobar Community Transport Service has identified a number of reasons why residents need to rely on the generosity of others to help them get around town.
Cobar Community Transport Service Coordinator Michelle Green said Home Care can help by offering subsidised taxi vouchers to eligible residents.
“Cobar Community Transport can offer taxi vouchers for people to attend medical appointments, social outings and to carry out their shopping needs,” Mrs Green said.
“Community Transport clients are allocated a number of vouchers per month and vouchers can be collected from the office or requested by phone and they will be posted and in most instances, will be received the next day.
“If clients find they need more vouchers than what they have been allocated, they may contact the office to request additional vouchers,” she said.
Residents who would be eligible to use the service include: frail aged people, Aboriginal people, identified special needs groups – people from non English speaking backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, carers, people with a disability and transport disadvantaged people who do not drive or have a vehicle.