New bus gives Inner West residents access to vital community services

22 April 2021

Between 70 to 80 Inner West residents each week, including children with disabilities and people over 65, will benefit from a new Ethnic Community Services Co-Operative (ECSC) bus, launched on Wednesday in Marrickville by The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Member for Granyndler.

“The new bus will help the ECSC provide more local services to local people,” ECSC CEO Shikha Chowdhary said. “We’ve been providing local services to local people for 41 years.”

“And the bus will enable our NDIS and aged care participants in particular to access our community and social support programs.”

Funding for the new bus has been provided by TransGrid, as part of their Community Partnership Program.

“When TransGrid advised me of the works that would affect my electorate, they sought my suggestions for community partnerships that would assist local residents that may be disrupted. I immediately referred them to ECSC who had approached me for assistance with their transport needs. It’s a win for all involved and it is the community work that makes a difference,” Mr Albanese said.

“With TransGrid’s $50,000 funding of the bus, we can now get back into providing real connections for the culturally and linguistically diverse community in the inner west,” Ms Chowdhary said. “We can provide transportation three days a week, Thursday nights and on Saturdays too.”

“The Community Partnership Program provides funding for not-for-profit groups as part of TransGrid’s ongoing commitment to build positive relationships with local communities,” Project Director for Powering Sydney’s Future, Mark McEnearney said.

TransGrid’s Powering Sydney’s Future project has been underway since mid-2020, installing a new 20 kilometre underground cable between Potts Hill and Alexandria to ensure a safe, reliable electricity supply for Sydney and the surrounding areas. The project is scheduled for completion this year.

“We are really pleased to be able to support the local community in an on-going way with grants like the bus and also to other not-for-profit groups. We hope these donations make a difference to the people living in the communities they serve, Mr McEnearney said.

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