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Australian Red Cross officially took over
the Riverland Community Transport
service on Monday. Pictured during the
handover process are Red Cross manager
of operations Craig Frost and community
transport co-ordinator Kelley Rosenthal.
PHOTO: Celeste Newbery
Red Cross in charge
THE Riverland Community Transport
network is now in the hands of the
Australian Red Cross following an official
handover earlier this week.
Previously run by Berri Barmera
Council, the program was taken over by
Red Cross on Monday.
Red Cross manager of operations Craig
Frost said clients and volunteers would
see little change to the service, besides the
Red Cross stickers on the vehicles.
“We wanted to make it as easy as pos-
sible,” he said.
“It will be a very seamless transition...
same co-ordinator, same drivers, same
Former council employee and com-
munity transport co-ordinator Kelley
Rosenthal has transferred to Red Cross to
take up the co-ordinator position.
The service will continue to operate out
of the Berri Visitor Information Centre for
up to six months.
“In that six-month period we will be
looking for a new home,” Mr Frost said.
“We will be looking at establishing an
office up here in the Riverland, preferably
Mr Frost said potential existed for Red
Cross to expand its services offered in the
“We will be talking to people in the
community and seeing what the need is,”
“Then having a look at some additional
services, not just within transport but Red
Cross and who we are as an organisation.
“We offer a lot of other services, not
just age care. We have youth justice
services, migrant support services and
Mr Frost said bringing other services
to the region would “enhance” existing
Red Cross now runs five commu-
nity transport network services in South
Australia, however the Riverland network
is the first it has acquired from a council.
What is Riverland Community Transport?
THE Riverland Community
Transport network offers assis-
tance to those in the region who
are unable to make their own way
to medical appointments, either
locally or in Adelaide.
The service offers transport
to and from Adelaide daily dur-
ing the week for a $30 return
fee, which can be claimed back
through the Patient Assistance
Australian Red Cross now co-
ordinates the service previously
run by Berri Barmera Council.
Red Cross manager of opera-
tions Craig Frost said fund-
ing from the State Government
allows the service to transport
passengers over the age of 65 –
through the MyAgedCare online
portal – and those under the age
of 65 with a disability.
“It is a very broad range of
people we can help,” he said.
“But people have to be isolated
in some manner.
“Those who are still able to
drive down to Adelaide, they are
“It is more about those people
who might be fine just to drive
around the local area, but then the
long distance down to Adelaide
or driving in Adelaide itself
might be difficult for them.”
Mr Frost said people who still
have a car licence would not be
excluded from using the service.
“But if they are still in a posi-
tion to do it all themselves then
we will have to say no because
they would be holding a seat for
someone who can’t do it,” he
To enquire about eligibility for
the service contact co-ordinator
Kelley Rosenthal on 1800 334
CURRENTLY the Riverland
Community Transport Service
has 20 volunteers who drive
passengers to and from
appointments both locally and in
For long distance trips to
Adelaide, the driving is shared
between two people.
To be a volunteer driver a
standard car licence is all that
is required to drive either the
12-seater van or standard sedan
vehicle around the region.
Australian Red Cross manager
of operations said everybody who
becomes a volunteer driver must
go through a police clearance.
“Other than that, it is a pretty
simple process,” he said.
“They need to have a clean
“We will go through all of the
training and set them up as to
“The Volunteer Driver
Accreditation Process makes
sure their driving skills are up-to-
“It’s not a lengthy process, it
takes a couple of weeks.”
Mr Frost said paperwork
to become a driver can be
completed online through the
Red Cross website or filled in
at the Berri Visitor Information
He said volunteers can offer to
drive for one day a month or two
or three days a week.
“It is up to them what time
they have to give,” he said.
“We don’t specify.”
To become a volunteer driver
contact transport co-ordinator
Kelley Rosenthal on 1800 334
How to become a volunteer driver
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016
“A GREAT PLACE TO BE” 11, 12, 13 NOVEMBER
Local MP says stop using the word flood...
parks, information centres
and tourism operators have
been inundated with phone
calls from concerned
tourists enquiring about the
increasing flows along the
The reports from tour-
ism operators come as
Member for Chaffey
Tim Whetstone calls on
the State Government to
review the potentially dam-
aging word flood, which
has been used by a number
of departments – including
the Department of Water
Environment, Water and
Natural Resources and
Primary Industries South
Australia – to describe the
high flows along the River
High flows of up to 80
gigalitres are expected
in late November due to
heavy rain in New South
Wales and Victoria.
“Flood is too easily
used, and it’s almost a
throw-away line,” Mr
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Australian Red Cross will take over the Riverland Community Network Transport contract from early next year. Kelley Rosenthal (left) will leave her current position to take up the transport
co-ordinator position with the Red Cross. She is pictured with volunteer driver Ken Schwarz and former volunteer driver Les Hill. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
CELES TE NEWBERY
LOCALS who use
community transport will
notice little change to the
service when ownership is
transferred to Australian
Red Cross next year.
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