Book details the history of community transport
THERE IS no doubt that local volunteers are the backbone of our community and to celebrate their contribution to society and our region, author Carrolline Rhodes has penned a new book.
Commissioned by the board of Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Community Transport (CBNCT), the book is entitled Wheels - the History of Community Transport in the Local Government Areas of Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca.
Chief Executive Officer of CBNCT, Bethany Simmonds, says it is an insightful work that captures the challenges and the pioneering spirit of our community.
"It's not simply a narrative about volunteer drivers making a dramatic difference in disadvantaged people's lives.
"I think Carrolline has really captured the drivers' rewards, which are multi-layered and of great social worth," Ms Simmonds said.
Carolline Rhodes, says CBNCT was established in 1986 and grew from tentative beginnings in a borrowed office using volunteers' cars. It has now become a multi-million dollar social enterprise.
"In its delivery of social justice, community transport has had a wide impact in the western world, providing affordable and readily-accessible transport for those who are ill and frail, people with compromised mobility and financially disadvantaged people, as well as the elderly and those who don't have access to regular public transport," Ms. Rhodes said.
Wheels is believed to be the first official history of a community transport organisation anywhere in the world.
"The volunteering sector boosts the Australian economy by an estimated $200 billion per year, which outstrips revenue from mining, agriculture and retail sectors," she said,
Carrolline has written seven titles, all aim to capture the essence of rural and regional Australia.
Wheels is available for $15 from the CBNCT office in Macksville, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour.
Contact Bethany Simmonds 0266511137 or Carrolline Rhodes on 0265695067.