Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc.

Tel 07 5486 2488 Fax 5486 4971 email

25 Bream Street, Tin Can Bay, Qld 4580, Australia

 

Background and history of Cooloola Coast Medical Transport

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 frail, aged and disabled residents of the area including Rainbow Beach, with non urgent medical transport. 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 of people founded Cooloola Coast Medical Transport.

With an amount of only $18.45 the residents (all volunteers) commenced their operations from a small office at the Resource Centre in Tin Can Bay 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 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 very obvious to the residents of the area that this service was vital to assist the aged, frail and disabled with transport to other town doctors and hospitals.

The organisation has since grown dramatically and we now have own office with secure vehicle parking to house the six vehicles now in our fleet.

2014 was a busy year because 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 things required 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 Chritmas - New Year break, opening at the new site on the 12 January 2015.

Some statistics :

Year
Number of trips undertaken
Kilometres traveled
     
2015/2016

1114

333,104
2014/2015

1037

269,749
2013/2014

1035

274,083
2013

942

259,425
2012
970
274,199
2011
807
237,346
2010
844
256,819
2009
over 750
197,000
2008
733
161,888
2007
700
112,000
2006
450
97,850
2005
390
93,300
2004
192
43,300
Totals
9,964 approx.
2,610,063
Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc.