Community Transport

Community buses for hire

Council has buses available for hire by the community to enable them to access essential community services and participate in activities and programs. The buses are available for those who face geographic, physical, social or economic disadvantage. The buses are not available for private hire so as not to disadvantage local transport businesses.

The buses come equipped with a wheelchair hoist, manual transmission and can transport 12 passengers, including the driver.  Hirers need to be aware the number of seats decreases by 4 when transporting a passenger in a wheelchair. 

The driver must hold a current drivers licence and provide evidence of this prior to collection of the bus. 

Buses will be supplied in a clean, roadworthy condition with a full tank of fuel and need to be returned the same way.

If you’d like further information or to discuss fees and availability please visit us at a Council office in either Alexandra, Yea or Kinglake, phone us on (03) 5772 0333 or email your inquiry to alexreception@murrindindi.vic.gov.au 

Community Accessibility Inc.

A community based, not for profit organisation providing transport for frail, aged or those with a disability and their carers to attend medical/therapy appointments. Ph: (03) 5799 2965. 

Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP)

Members can be eligible for up to a 50% subsidy on taxi fares up to $60 per trip. Members must be a permanent Victorian resident and have a permanent disability that prevents them from accessing public transport independently.

To become a member you also need to either:

  • permanently use a wheelchair;
  • hold a Department of Veterans Affairs pensioner concession card or gold repatriation health hard;
  • hold a means-tested pensioner concession or health care card: or
  • be able to demonstrate financial hardship by providing financial information

Application forms are available from general practitioners or from the Victorian taxi directorate on (03) 9320 4300. 

Public Transport

To find information on public transport services within Murrindindi Shire click on the links below.

Red Cross Transport Service

A volunteer run transport service providing transport to essential, short term medical treatment for up to 6 weeks. You may be eligible if you live in remote areas without direct access to public transport, are unable to drive or be driven by a carer and do not qualify for the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS).
 
Requests for transport must be completed by a referring health worker at least one week prior to the appointment date.
 
Service is available between 8am and 4.30pm. Ph: 0419 872 230. 

Transport Concessions

A variety of concession cards can be used to obtain discounts on travel:

  • war veterans/war widows
  • Victorian seniors card
  • Australian pensioner concession cards
  • Victorian health care card
  • companion card

Check with your transport provider as to what benefits you are entitled to. 

Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)

The VPTAS provides financial assistance to Victorian residents to assist with meeting the unavoidable costs of travel and accommodation in order to receive specialist medical assistance. 
  
To enquire about eligibility phone (03) 9096 2005 or visit www.health.vic.gov.au/ruralhealth.