Preschool education a reality for some Broken Hill youngsters thanks to an innovative partnership
LiveBetter Transport Services in Broken Hill has partnered with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) over the past five months to provide transport for families with children attending the Playtime Preschool who were transport disadvantaged.
The transport project was funded by TfNSW’s Transport Access Regional Partnerships(TARP) grants program to assist attendance at the preschool, which had dropped due to a lack of available transport options. Teachers at the school travel on the service with the children, as do their carers and parents as required.
Since the project commenced in April 2020, the number of children attending the preschool daily has increased from 2 to 22 students. LiveBetter was approached by the preschool and according to Playtime Preschool Director Tess Gilmore, she is very grateful for the assistance that has been given by LiveBetter and in particular, the help received from LiveBetter Broken Hill’s Transport Liaison Officer Julie Paull.
Recently, a number of key people involved in the project convened at the centre to meet some of the youngsters now accessing a preschool education including Paul Toole, Minister for Regional Transport and Road; Carol-Ann Nelson, Deputy Secretary, Regional and Outer Metropolitan for TfNSW; Alister Lunn, Director West at Transport for NSW Community & Place; Belinda Roberts, TfNSW Area Manager West; Tess Gilmore, Director Playtime Preschool; and from LiveBetter, Kathy Dickson, Operations Manager Transport; Helen Riley, Transport Project Officer and Julie Paull, Transport Liaison Officer Broken Hill.
A special shout out to Julie Paull, LiveBetter’s Transport Liaison Officer in Broken Hill. Through her extensive contacts in Broken Hill Julie was instrumental in getting the project off the ground and deserves a massive thank you for her efforts.