The University’s of Lismore and SCU Riverside, Brent Street, Tweed Heads campuses have joined with Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Clarence Valley Council, Tweed Shire Council, the North Coast Area Health Service and the North Coast Institute of TAFE established the region’s first official carpooling scheme. The Northern Rivers Carpool launch was held on Tuesday, August 11, at 12pm in Goodman Plaza at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus. Initially limited to employees and students of these organisations, the scheme was to be opened to the wider community during 2010.
Australia’s first government-funded regional carpooling initiative which links drivers and passengers via the web, is being promoted throughout Byron shire this week with four new signs being installed. ‘With limited public transport in the region and increasing petrol costs, this initiative has the potential to assist many people,’ Cr Richardson said.
Council’s sustainability officer Sandi Middleton said, "most cars on the roads have only a single occupant so it makes sense to share the journey by filling up the car seats. It’s also a great way to make new friends and even halve weekly fuel bills", she said.
Northern Rivers Carpool has been funded by NSW Transport and Infrastructure, six north coast councils (Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Clarence, Richmond and Tweed), Southern Cross University, North Coast Institute of TAFE and North Coast Area Health Service.
The Northern Rivers Carpool (NRC) was first launched in the Northern Rivers in 2010. From August 2018 the NRC service is being administered by the Community Carpooling Association Inc (CCAI) which is a not for profit organization which encourages the Australian community to share their vehicle whenever possible to cut down on the number of vehicles on the roads at peak times. The NRC has approximately 2,000 members. The CCAI is working to link up potential carpoolers from the NSW North Coast, NSW Mid North Coast and QLD Gold Coast to improve opportunities for carpoolers wanting to share longer journeys.
Northern Rivers Carpool has been operating for almost 10 years and was Australia’s first government-funded regional carpooling initiative. The scheme’s original aim was to link commuters from Clarence to Tweed Heads in northern NSW. It is now open for all trips in the area and is promoted for use at festivals. The scheme has close to 3,000 members. The website includes advice on security and safety and an additional verification tick when the member is verified by a participating organisation. The Northern Rivers Carpool is owned and managed by not-for-profit Community Carpooling Association Incorporated (CCAI). CCAI has worked with other local councils to trial or set up carpooling systems in western Sydney, western Melbourne and the mid north coast of NSW.
Northern Rivers car pool & ride share network - 1,100 members.
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