ECHO to get new bus after being given $53k grant


Bayswater ECHO chief executive Phil Baker, client Dorothy Costigan, Perth MHR Tim Hammond and volunteer bus driver Norm Chappell with one of the older buses.
Bayswater ECHO chief executive Phil Baker, client Dorothy Costigan, Perth MHR Tim Hammond and volunteer bus driver Norm Chappell with one of the older buses.

BAYSWATER and Stirling residents who are frail, older or have a disability will receive a boost after a community group was granted funds for a new bus.

Bayswater Extended Community Help Organisation (ECHO) will be given $53,000 to replace a bus, part of the Federal and State Government’s Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

ECHO has about 1500 clients in the City of Bayswater and parts of the City of Stirling and helps people stay in the homes.

Chief executive Phil Baker said the 12-seater bus, which has a hoist and wheelchair access, would replace an old 10-seater vehicle.

About 45 volunteers drive clients to day centre activities and social activities and act as bus aids.

Mr Baker said the larger bus would increase the amount of clients they could take out daily.

Perth MHR Tim Hammond said the HACC funding will give our local community better aged care options in their homes and boost local support services.

“The HACC program provides critical services that help people to stay independent in their homes for longer,” he said.

The bus adds to the $69,000 recurrent funding for Bayswater ECHO to assist residents with house maintenance and domestic tasks.