Background and History of Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc. [CCMT]

Cooloola Coast Medical Transport was formed in October 2003 when a small group of community minded residents of Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove realised the need to assist the residents of the Cooloola Coast, paying particular attention to the frail, aged and disabled. Due to the isolation of the area from major hospitals and specialists and because these patients were outside the guidelines in place for the Queensland Ambulance Service, this small group founded Cooloola Coast Medical Transport (CCMT). Public transport is still to this day an issue for residents travelling to out of town destinations.

With an amount of only $18.45 the residents (all volunteers) commenced their operations from a small office at the Tin Can Bay Resource & Referral Centre and used their own private vehicles to assist those in need. As time went by, other members of the community began to volunteer their services. A small admirative fee was charged to cover the cost of petrol etc., and when the amount of $50.00 was attained, the first bank account was opened in the name of Cooloola Coast Medical Transport.

As the organisation grew, the group of volunteers purchased a second-hand vehicle to use for transporting people. They also moved into other premises for a minimal monthly rental. It became clearly obvious to the residents of the area that this service was vital to assist it’s residents including the aged, frail, needy and disabled with transport to local and out of town doctors and hospitals.

We became incorporated in 2011, we are a not-for-profit community organization run solely by volunteers and hold Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The organisation has since grown dramatically. We even out grew our rented office and garage facilities at Scullett Drive. It was a real squeeze to house the six vehicles that were in our fleet at that time. Providing secure office facilities with vehicle parking was a problem.

We were able to fix our problem when in 2014 in a busy year we were able to lease from the Queensland State Government the old Tin Can Bay Fire & SES base for 30 years at an excellent low charge. The Federal Government then helped with a generous $120,000 Infrastructure grant that enabled us to renovate and modify the buildings to suit our needs along with some hard-earned funds of our own. Our local Gympie Regional Council where very helpful as well with all the building permits and other requirements to make this project a reality. We now have an excellent base to call our own. We moved into our new office at 25 Bream Street Tin Can Bay over the Christmas - New Year break, opening at the new site on the 12 January 2015.

A further building project in 2017/18 was another big event for CCMT, that has seen us build an extension to our garage facilities that also includes a multi-purpose meeting room. We now have room for eight cars, so we will be set for the future expansion of our fleet.

Fleet expansion has already begun with the purchase in February 2018 of a seventh car for the fleet. The building extensions and new car have been partly funded by various grants as well as CCMT funds.

Some statistics :

Year
Number of trips undertaken
Kilometres travelled
Volunteer Hours
       
2017/2018

1080

328,747
14,752
2016/2017

1089

311,250
12,925
2015/2016

1114

333,104
13,723
2014/2015

1037

269,749
13,893
2013/2014

1035

274,083
13,428
2013

942

259,425
13,554
2012
970
274,199
13,000 approx.
2011
807
237,346
12,000 approx.
2010
844
256,819
11,000 approx.
2009
over 750
197,000
10,000 approx.
2008
733
161,888
9,000 approx.
2007
700
112,000
8,000 approx.
2006
450
97,850
7,000 approx.
2005
390
93,300
6,000 approx.
2004
192
43,300
5,000 approx.
Totals
12,133 approx.
3,250,060
163,275 approx.
Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc.