SOCIAL TRIP: Clarence Community Transport driver Stuart Young helps provide a valuable service for Iluka residents Gerrie Rawlings and Dot and Col Baker.
SOCIAL TRIP: Clarence Community Transport driver Stuart Young helps provide a valuable service for Iluka residents Gerrie Rawlings and Dot and Col Baker. Clair Morton

Community transport to trial new routes as demand dwindles

DWINDLING demand for Clarence Community Transport's Iluka to Grafton route has prompted the service to explore new avenues.

Starting from September 9, a new fortnightly-shopping access run into Grafton will be trialled, covering Ashby, Chatsworth, Harwood, Tyndale and surrounding areas.

Where practical it will be a door-to-door service.

Clarence Community Transport services manager Desley Tyler said the lower demand for the Iluka service presented a good opportunity to establish whether there was a demand for the service in other Lower Clarence areas.

The new timetable will be trialled for three months.

The Iluka to Grafton bus route, meanwhile, will run every other week.

There will be no changes to the transport service's monthly Iluka outing.

Clarence Community Transport is funded under the Home and Community Care program to provide transport to elderly people, people with disabilities and those who live in isolated communities in the Clarence Valley.

The round-trip from the Lower Clarence to Grafton costs $10, and bookings are essential.

Pick-up times will be between 7.30-9am and the bus will leave Grafton for the return trip at 2pm.

For more information, phone Clarence Community Transport on 6645 3200.



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