1986: Shoalhaven Community Transport Service (SCTS) was established as part of the Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Centre in Kinghorne Street, Nowra, with grant funding from the Home and Community Care (HACC) program to deliver transport services to frail aged people and people with disabilities within the Shoalhaven area.
1987: The Service was officially opened on April 15 by MP John Hatton. We leased a bus from Shoalhaven Council. In July we received a Government grant to pay for office furniture, equipment and renovations to the premises for our growing Service. Our first AGM was held in September.
1988: The Service outgrew the centre and moved further along the same street to larger premises. We transported over 4,300 people and travelled over 66,000kms. Extra funding enabled an increase in paid hours for the office assistant.
In these early years we used community vehicles as well as volunteers’ own vehicles to provide services.
A shopping bus service was implemented for the small villages north of Ulladulla, and the Service helped with the coordination of the free Nowra Fair shopping bus for people in the Bay and Basin area during this time.
1989: The Service continued to grow and again moved into larger premises on Bridge Road, Nowra.
The call went out for volunteers in the Milton-Ulladulla district in the hope of extending services.
The Shoalhaven Hospital donated a bus for use by the Service, and we helped the hospital with daily delivery supply runs to David Berry Hospital.
At this stage the Service owned a station wagon equipped with a new mobile phone, lovingly known as ‘the brick’.
The Service was staffed by 2 part-time office staff and 3 paid drivers, as well as volunteer drivers and office assistants. Some of the volunteers from this period still work for our Service today – 19 years on!
1992: We were awarded the NSW Senior Citizens Week Premier’s Community Award. NSW Senior Citizens Week Premier’s Community Award.
1994: Shoalhaven Community Transport Service established the Milton/Ulladulla office, in Milton.
1998: The Service moved to Cottage 3/80 Park Road Nowra, as part of the ‘Community Hub’.
1999: Cottage 3 was officially opened by Mayor Max Atkins. We shared the cottage with the local Scouts group.
2000: The Service provided over 40,000 trips.
2001: Community transport Program (CTP) funding enabled us to provide transport services to transport-disadvantaged people. Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens Club donated money for two-way radios for 5 buses.
SCTS Milton-Ulladulla moved from their tiny rooms in Milton to the current premises at Ulladulla in the Kings Point industrial area. The office area within the building was donated by building owner Ralph Tierney. A donation from Mollymook Golf Club was used to purchase office equipment.
2010: The Travel Training service began with funding from Transport for NSW, to assist people within our target group to use public transport. The program enabled people to gain confidence in using public transport options. Funding continued until 2015.
2014: We merged with Young Community Transport, and Boorowa Community Transport later the same year. We were awarded the NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Awards Community Service Award.
2015: Our parent company, Coast and Country Community Services Ltd. was awarded the coveted Community Transport Organisation CT Provider of the Year award. We merged with Weddin Community Transport.
2017: Shoalhaven Community Transport Service assumed the operations of the St Georges Basin Health Bus service, after a decision by the service’s Committee to cease their service in the area. From 1986 to this time, we were assisting the service by taking their customer bookings and assessing client eligibility. Two vehicles were donated by the St Georges Basin Health Bus service to enable Shoalhaven Community Transport to continue services to customers.