Harrow Bush Nursing Centre receives RACV grant

HARROW Bush Nursing Centre will have more drivers for its community bus after a $2000 RACV Community Foundation grant.

The grant will help staff and volunteers obtain their medium rigid licences, so they can drive the centre's 14-seater bus.

Centre manager Bernadette Close said the grant would enable four people to obtain a licence.

She said it would cost each person $550 to get the licence.

"This means that if there is an event on, we have people available to drive the bus, without putting pressure on other people in the community," she said.

The centre bought the bus early last year after a grant from the Collie Foundation.

The bus is the only available vehicle to deliver residents to medical appointments, shopping and social gatherings.

"In Harrow, we are classed as a rural area," Mrs Close said.

"We have an ageing population and no public transport.

"The bus allows us to transport people to where they need to go."

She said people who used the bus included senior citizens on planned activities or older people wanting to attend community events.

Mrs Close thanked the RACV for its support.

"We are very happy to have received the money," she said.

The RACV Community Foundation's grants program awarded more than $255,000 to 32 not-for-profit community groups across Victoria.

The recipients are a diverse group of grassroots organisations that are often staffed by volunteers.

Foundation manager Pete Haydon said the RACV was proud of its history of supporting Victorian community-based organisations.

"Grants made by the foundation focus on supporting mobility in the community, with a view to boosting safety, environmental sustainability and social cohesion," he said.

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