GRANTS TO BOOST ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN UPPER HUNTER
Dave Layzell MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that new bus shelters, lighting and kerbside upgrades will make accessing public transport even easier in the Upper Hunter Electorate, with local community groups now able to apply for a share of $3.2 million from the Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants scheme.
Mr Layzell said applications were now open for the biennial grants, which build upon the NSW Government’s vision to help make public transport a first-choice option for locals.
“I know what a difference projects like these make to locals, so I’m calling on local councils, transport operators, schools and community organisations to apply for the grants,” Mr Layzell said.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said more than $2.1 million went towards 500 projects across 40 local government areas on things like new and upgraded bus shelters, security lighting, new bus stop seats, timetable information boards and tactile indicators in the previous round of funding.
“Some of these might sound like small projects, but they have been absolute game changers because when locals access public transport in the regions, it’s not just about getting from A to B – it can also be the difference between the ease of getting to important medical appointments, getting groceries, and staying connected to family and friends in other towns,” Mr Toole said.
“Programs like this boost access to services for all residents because all projects are required to meet the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.”
Mr Layzell continued, noting that funding would help to create more inclusive, stronger communities in Upper Hunter.
“Successful applicants will be eligible for $11,500 for each new bus shelter, and $2,500 for each shelter they want to upgrade to meet modern accessibility standards,” Mr Layzell concluded.
Applications will close on 30 September this year, with the successful applicants informed in early 2022. For more information on the program, visit: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/operations/community-transport-operators/country-passenger-transport-infrastructure-grants-scheme