27 Jul NSW Governor launches new name for northern beaches community transport provider
MEDIA RELEASE 27 July 2017
Local community transport providers, Easy Transport, have relaunched as ‘Easylink’, and revealed recent research showing their positive social impact for thousands of northern beaches residents, with the help of the NSW Governor, their volunteers and customers.
His Excellency the Governor congratulated Easylink on the launch as an opportunity to build on their mission of empowering older people, people with disability and other disadvantaged residents through ‘transport with care.’
“… it is important that everyone has the opportunity to be mobile, to stay connected with friends, families and essential services, and enjoy quality of life,” said His Excellency, who is patron of the NSW community transport peak body.
Easylink General Manager, Angela Doolan, said the recent research showed the service helps their 4,000 northern beaches customers maintain their social connectedness, which is strongly linked to better health outcomes and longevity.
“The power of transport for wellbeing can’t be underestimated,” said Ms Doolan.
“An important consideration in choosing a new name was that Easylink provides more than ‘just transport’ – the care and social outings we offer, on top of essential transport, are vital for increasing social connection, while helping people live in their own homes.
“We chose Easylink Community Services Limited (our legal name) to open the possibilities for doing more than transport and working further afield than the northern beaches.
“As we prepare for a competitive market place, reduced block funding from government, more consumer choice and control, we want to be the provider of choice.
“With the northern beaches population ageing, we believe there is an important role for organisations that put people before profits,” said Ms Doolan.
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