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Community transport and outings

The community transport service provides bus services for Knox residents who are over 65 years and/or need support with transport.

About community transport

Each year the community transport service carries an average of 18,000 passengers and covers an average of 68,000 kilometres.

There are 3 types of service:

  • a regular bus service providing access to local senior citizen clubs, programs and shopping
  • an outings program offering day trips to interesting destinations around Melbourne
  • an opportunity for eligible seniors clubs and community groups to hire a community bus for social excursions.

Eligibility

You can use the services if you:

  • are over 65 years
  • a Knox resident
  • have a mobility impairment
  • have no appropriate access to transport.

Community shopping bus

The community shopping bus offers eligible clients the opportunity to shop at a local shopping centre and be socially active with people living in their neighbourhood.

The service is for residents who:

  • live independently
  • have no appropriate access to transport
  • can shop without the help of a support worker.

The buses operate on a fortnightly or monthly basis and journeys cost $3 each way.

Day outings

We offer a regular schedule of community outings to:

  • local attractions
  • exhibitions
  • scenic drives
  • dining experiences
  • mystery tours.

Outings cost $9 each and no payment is required on the day of the outing. An account will be sent to you every 4 weeks.

Download the brochures below to find out more information about the day outings.

Eligibility is residents of Knox over 65 years.

For enquiries call 9298 8518.

Excursions

Buses can be booked for excursions on weekdays between 9am and 4pm. Bookings outside these hours are subject to availability. This includes weekends and public holidays.

Bookings are taken in December for the following year.

Bookings

Bookings for the shopping bus, outings and excursion buses can be made by emailing knoxcc@knox.vic.gov.au or calling our Community Transport team on 9298 8518.

Alternative transport options

There are several other community transport options for people living in the Knox area:

Red Cross Patient Transport Service

Red Cross Patient Transport Service is for people who are isolated and have limited transport options to attend essential medical appointments and social transport needs.

Red Cross Patient Transport Service: 1800 246 850.

Red Cross Office: 8327 7700.

Eastern Volunteers

Eastern Volunteers provide volunteer assisted community transport to the elderly and people with disabilities to attend social outings, medical appointments and other activities.

Eastern Volunteers: 9870 7822.

St John's Ambulance Patient Transfer Service

St John’s Ambulance Patient Transfer Service provides transport services for medical appointments and transfers.

St. John's Ambulance Patient Transfer Service: 9334 1222.

Bridges - Connecting People

Bridges – Connecting People offers transport services for medical appointments, shopping, banking, senior’s clubs, outings, planned activity groups, library, exercise classes and events.

Bridges – Connecting People: 9753 4577.

EACH - Ferntree Gully

EACH - Ferntree Gully gives support, advocacy and information on all aspects of need.

EACH - Ferntree Gully: 1300 003 224.

FlexiRide

As the successor to the former Telebus, FlexiRide is a new On Demand Bus Service provided by Public Transport Victoria for the Rowville area. It operates only when booked. Passengers with accessibility requirements can request a pick-up from their door or an agreed accessible location.

For information, call 1800 800 007. For bookings, call 8710 6377 or download the FlexiRide app.

You can also approach your local church or your club welfare officer. There are also common interest groups such as The Heart Group, the Stroke Support Group or The Puffing Billies established to support people, family and carers with similar experiences.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Community Transport team on 9298 8000.

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