A step closer to a new home for community transport organisation
Published on 13 September 2017
Council resolved at its Council Meeting on Tuesday 12 September to advertise its intent to enter a 10-year lease with Peninsula Transport Assist (PTA) for the occupation of 13 Railway Road, Baxter.
PTA, which is supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, helps combat transport disadvantage throughout the peninsula and Frankston.
Approximately 50 volunteer drivers, using their own cars, provide transport assistance to around 200 clients a month taking them to: medical appointments, metropolitan hospitals, shopping centres, aged and disability services and airports.
PTA also has four buses, two provided by the Shire, which take more than 50 bus bookings per month and are growing.
PTA is currently located in Mount Eliza, but due to the growth of the service, they have outgrown the office space available at their current facility.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said PTA provides a valuable service to the residents of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston.
“PTA offers many benefits to the community by increasing active aging through volunteering, improving older people’s ability to move around their neighbourhood and helps increase social and civic participation.
“They also improve mature age people’s access to community and health services, which is essential to wellbeing and independent living.
“Providing a lease to PTA for a premise in Baxter will allow them to expand their wonderful service even further,” concluded Councillor Colomb.