City of Subiaco buses find new homes with local not-for-profits

Gavin Nicklette (Voiceworks administrator), Subiaco mayor Penny Taylor and Tara Walsh (Department Manager Client Services Alzheimer's WA). Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Gavin Nicklette (Voiceworks administrator), Subiaco mayor Penny Taylor and Tara Walsh (Department Manager Client Services Alzheimer's WA). Photo: Andrew Ritchie

TWO City of Subiaco buses have found brand new homes with local not-for-profits.

Alzheimer’s WA and Vocal Ensemble Voiceworks were selected from a tender process to find groups whose proposed use of the buses would give the greatest benefit to the community.

Alzheimer’s WA department manager of client services Tara Walsh said the bus meant the organisation could provide and extend more support.

“It means we can offer more transport for people to get out in the community and to our day centre in Shenton Park,” she said.

Voiceworks administrator Gavin Nicklette said the donation was amazing for the group.

“It’s really going to help Voiceworks Plus, our musical theatre program for people with disabilities,” he said.

Mayor Penny Taylor said she was excited to see the buses going to good homes.

“These groups do amazing things in our community,” she said.

The buses were previously used for the City’s Home and Community Care (HACC) program, which ended in June last year.

A spokeswoman for the City said like several other councils, the City’s program was ceased largely due to nationwide reforms to aged care and disability services.

“In contrast to when the City first started providing HACC services, there are many more organisations delivering comprehensive offerings within the City,” she said.

All previous recipients of the City’s HACC services were referred to the Regional Assessment Services and assisted with choosing a new provider.

Alzheimer’s WA and Voiceworks are picking up the buses this week and are set to put them to use straight away.

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