Kiama Greens Community Transport Policy
Kiama Greens aspire to the formation of a web of safe, easily accessible, fuel efficient and low cost community transport mechanisms linking:
- isolated individuals and families to facilities and their larger community, and
- the villages and townships of the municipality with the main Kiama urban area.
Kiama Greens Recognise:
- The looming energy and fuel crisis and the impact these problems will generate for rural communities in increasing isolation and economic hardship;
- The role that community transport currently plays in ensuring access to services for the aged, disabled and low income members of our community;
- That there is limited public transport to certain townships particularly Gerroa, Kiama Heights and Jamberoo and within Kiama itself;
- Rapidly rising fuel prices are creating isolating and disadvantageous situations for many of the Kiama LGA’s residents by putting access to shops, education and medical services, employment centres, cultural events and community activities out of reach of many people, in particular younger people, seniors and low income families;
- Community transport and access to safe, inexpensive and reliable systems of getting around will enhance all aspects of community life as it increases individuals’ access to the broader community and their exposure to life enhancing opportunities such as education, cultural events, employment and training and social contact;
- The formation of a comprehensive, locally tailored community transport system will aid in the community’s transition from a heavily oil reliant life-style to a more local, sustainable and self-sufficient one that reduces our carbon footprint;
- Whilst public transport systems are very important and generally a state funded and maintained function, a more local approach is also needed in order to address the limitations of established public transport infrastructure and services; and
- That it may be more energy efficient locally to have a broad definition of public transport and include taxis, shared cars, ride networks, funiculars and other variants in a transport plan.
Kiama Greens will work to:
- Support the existing community transport service.
- Assist in the facilitation and organisation of a reliable network of community transport systems linking communities directly to their sources of food, services, education and employment.
- Lobby the relevant State Departments for the required funds and grants necessary for the creation of such community transport.
- Provide the public with the information, timetabling and structure of the various community run and managed transport systems in order to maximise their accessibility and functionality.
- Promote the availability and benefits of alternative transport systems including cycling, walking, car pooling, public and community transport.