Grants for Isolated Communities to Assist with Transport Needs

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Regional communities in remote and outlying areas can now apply for one-off grants through the Transport Access Regional Partnerships (TARP) program to assist with the provision of transport services.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the TARP program is designed to support isolated, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities with their transport needs where regular transport services are not available.

“In the last two years alone the NSW Government has provided about $1.6 million in grants to fund around 80 programs to support disadvantaged communities around regional NSW,” Mr Toole said.

“These have ranged from targeted one-off events like transporting 150 students through Wish Upon a Star to a Schools Spectacular event, to longer term initiatives like Cowra Walkabouts, a two year program designed to make it easier for Aboriginal Elders who don’t have easy access to cars to attend cultural events.

“Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and to get the most out of this scheme, we encourage local communities to send through suggestions where Transport for NSW will work with those groups to see if a potential transport solution can be found.

“While the funding is not recurring, there is the opportunity to look at how we might support successful programs on an on-going basis.”

Applications can be made at any time through to 31 May 2022. To make a suggestion for funding, find out more or to get in touch with the team, visit www.transport.nsw.gov.au/tarp.