Central Victorians will find it easier to get to Bendigo Health with new and improved transport options thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the most vulnerable members of the community around Bendigo now have better access to transport and medical appointments thanks to a new 9-seat volunteer bus and improved transport services.

The improved services and new bus will help patients get to important appointments at Bendigo Health.

The Bendigo program has been made possible by a $50,000 Labor Government investment, together with $75,000 from Bendigo Health which includes $65,000 raised by the annual Christmas appeal to replace the existing volunteer-run mini bus.

The improvements are part of the Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program, which provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure in regional Victoria.

The Department of Transport works with Local Transport Forums, Regional Partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver better local transport options.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“We’re making a real difference for the thousands of people in and around Bendigo that need to access the hospital.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“We know accessible transport is vital for people living in regional and rural communities – that’s why we’re helping more people get to their appointments easily, and on time.”

Quotes attributable to Bendigo Health Board Chair Bob Cameron
“Bendigo Health welcomes the State Government’s contribution and together with the funds generously contributed and raised via our annual Christmas Appeal we have purchased a new patient transport bus, our VolExpress.”

“The bus, driven by our volunteers, transports more than 265 patients each month to outpatient services. This supports Bendigo Health to provide excellent care to eligible patients to access services closer to home.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP