Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced over $68,000 in NSW Government grants to improve public transport accessibility at seven bus shelters across three local government areas in the Cootamundra electorate.

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) provides subsidies to support the construction or upgrade of bus stop infrastructure generally owned and maintained by local councils across rural and regional NSW.

Ms Cooke said the funding will help Bland Shire Council build one new bus shelter, Junee Shire Council build five new bus shelters and Murrumburrah High School to upgrade an existing bus shelter to meet accessibility standards.

“This announcement includes new shelters for Junee Public School and St Joseph’s Primary School, which will benefit local school students,” Ms Cooke said.

“All projects announced will help to make public transport and connections between bus stops more accessible with features such as connecting paths, signage, tactile indicators, and furniture such as seating.”

The NSW Government is committed to providing accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.

The CPTIGS supports regional councils, schools and community organisations to deliver this in their local communities, with all projects required to meet the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.

More than $2.1 million in NSW Government grants will see 509 projects supported across more than 40 local government areas including new and upgraded bus shelters, security lighting, new bus stop seats, timetable information boards and tactile indicators.

For more information on the program, visit: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/operations/community-transport-operators/country-passenger-transport-infrastructure-grants-scheme