DERWENT and Brighton job seekers have a new option for free and flexible transport to get to work.
Area Connect is a new statewide transport option for people to get to work or training in regional areas where access to private or public transport is limited or unavailable.
So far this year, 2341 trips have been made around the state with demand for the service growing.
James Luttrell, local coordinator for the Derwent Valley, works with clients, employment and training providers, employers, and other organisations to help people connect with training and employment opportunities.
Area Connect is delivered by Community Transport Services Tasmania (CTST) and supported by the Tasmanian Government through Jobs Tasmania.
“Area Connect is a new initiative in flexible transport and we are here to serve smaller and more remote communities like those found on the Derwent Valley,” said Lyndon Stevenson, CEO of Area Connect and CTST.
“Our service doesn’t duplicate any existing services but rather expands the services available so that people can connect with training and employment.
We work closely with Jobs Tasmania regional Jobs Hubs, training, and employment providers to break down the barriers to access.
“We strongly encourage people to contact us to find out how we can help. If you know of a friend or family member who needs transport for work or training, we can help.”
For more information on Area Connect, call 1300 651 948, visit the website at http://www.areaconnect. org.au or emailinfo@ areaconnect.org.au.