The Andrews Labor Government is helping people with limited transport options in Murrindindi Shire connect with regional centres, health services and the public transport system.

The Labor Government is investing $300,000 in the One Network project through the Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program with the Community AccessAbility Inc contributing $70,900

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced funding to develop innovative technology that will manage a fleet of community vehicles, enabling them to be securely booked and equipped with routing equipment called One Network, an initiative of Community AccessAbility Inc.

Community AccessAbility will work with the CSIRO to develop the technology that will be tailored for the unique needs of rural and regional transport community transport users, that encompasses mobility issues and volunteer drivers.

Murrindindi Shire Council will use the technology in its fleet of community vehicles, ensuring a more efficient use of resources targeting the transport disadvantaged.

“This initiative will help people in need from the Murrindindi Shire without the ability to drive or a vehicle of their own connect to regional centres, health services and the public transport system,” Ms Symes said.

“Labor’s support for this innovative, secure booking system builds on our previous funding for the new community cars for Murrindindi Shire.”

“Providing better transport solutions for vulnerable and older people by ensuring they can access the services they need will help build healthier and more connected communities.”

Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan, welcomed the funding.

“This is more fantastic news from Labor, following the recent announcement of $156,100 to purchase two cars for the ‘Moving Murrindindi’ community car share service, making it easier for people to attend appointments and access public transport services,” she said.

“There is a growing demand for community transport in local towns across Murrindindi and the One Network project will provide greater capacity to respond in a coordinated and more efficient way.”

The project will create a more efficient fleet management and booking system, helping Community AccessAbility deliver more flexible local transport solutions.

The new technology will include an SMS function to advise clients of approaching transport and inform carers and family of the arrival and departure of transport users.

The Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program was established in 2018 to support small-scale local transport initiatives and innovative transport solutions across the state.