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Transport service for handicapped



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PRESS RELEASE BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH

SENATOR SIR KENNETH ANDERSON

TRANSPORT SERVICE FOR HANDICAPPED

The Department of Health is to buy four custom built

buses for the transport of the physically and mentally handicapped

in Canberra.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Health, Senator

Sir Kenneth Anderson, said tenders w ould be called in the near

future and it was expected that the buses would be delivered

during the 1972-73 financial year. .

Sir Kenneth Anderson said the whole question of transport

for the handicapped had been studied by a committee whose member­

ship comprised representatives of A.C.T. Health Services, Canberra

Hospital, the National Capital Development Commission, the N.S.W.

Department of Education, and the Departments of Education and

Science, Labour and National Service, Interior and Social Services.

In addition, representations had been made by the

A.C.T. Society of Crippled Children and the Handicapped Children's

Association.

■ Under existing transport arrangements, the Department

of the Interior provides two ordinary buses to carry mentally

handicapped children to school, the Department of Education and

Science subsidises the cost of carrying other handicapped children

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ιο school by taxi, and A.C.T. Health Service takes rehabilitation

and day-hospital patients to Canberra Hospital by specially

equipped bus.

The Committee found that the. three methods of collecting

passengers were covering the same areas in Canberra. It also

considered the need for special safety features in vehicles

used for carrying the handicapped.

Sir Kenneth Anderson said the four buses would be specially

built and would each have a seating capacity of 20. They were

likely to make two pick-up trips and two set-down trips a day

on weekdays and could also be used for organised outings. ‘

Day-to-day running of the service will be supervised by the

transport sub-section of A.C.T. Health Services.

Canberra April 4 1972 Dept. Ho 39