CobCab project receives a boost

By Cobram Courier

Transport around town for Cobram’s elderly is a step closer thanks to a donation from Cobram Community Enterprise.

The CobCab project started as a partnership between Cobram Community House and Cobram District Health, which are celebrating a brilliant start to the community project.

The $7500 donation was announced at a presentation night on April 30 at Cobram Bendigo Bank.

‘‘This is a wonderful kickstart to our project which will be a valuable addition to the Cobram community,’’ Cobram Community House manager Sally Bate said.

‘‘We are very grateful to Cobram Community Enterprise for helping us launch this project.’’

The CobCab project looks to address issues surrounding transport and mobility for many of Cobram’s older residents.

The partnership is working to buy a new, modified 14-seat bus, with wheelchair lift and rails.

The bus will be used for weekly social outings for Irvin House residents and also help them attend appointments and functions and activities locally.

It was hoped the bus could also be used to collect and drop off residents at events and activities such as Cobram Community House’s monthly community lunch.

‘‘This sort of partnership has been trialled and successfully run in Mt Alexander Shire with a fabulous service being provided to local residents,’’ Cobram District Health chief executive Jacque Phillips said.

‘‘It’s a service which is planned to specifically meet local need and support the Cobram community.’’

It was also hoped the bus could be used for a pick up and drop off run for youth activities and, once established, the Cobram cinema.