18 June 2002
TOYOTA TROOPIE GIVES BUSH KIDS A BREAK
A mobile children’s playgroup operating out of Cobar 700km west of Sydney has had its work made easier by a Toyota LandCruiser 78 Series Turbo Diesel TroopCarrier.
Cobar Mobile Children Services visits properties and homesteads throughout a 44,000 square kilometre region, delivering services to families and children under pre-school age.
Mobile co-ordinator Kylie Thomas and her assistant Melanie Gunn use the TroopCarrier to transport toys, exercise equipment, craftwork and a table and chairs as part of the Services’ outreach play sessions.
“Delivering these kinds of educational services to some of the most remote parts of New South Wales is vital,” Kylie Thomas said.
“The young children and their families really appreciate the program - and we get a lot of satisfaction out of doing it.”
Kylie Thomas said she expected to clock up over 35,000km in the next 12 months in the Toyota with visits to properties at Bulla, Tilpa, Ivanhoe, Red Tank, Condobolin and Dijoe. Other remote areas to benefit include Mt Hope, Belerabon, Narwarre, Nymagee, Pinchinara, Pretty View, Baledmund and Beechworth.
It takes approximately four to five weeks to cover all the properties and locations in the Services’ schedule.
“The most important consideration we had when selecting a vehicle was reliability, running costs, carrying capacity and comfort,” said Ms Thomas.
“After studying several options, we decided that the Toyota TroopCarrier would fulfil those criteria - and it’s proved to be the ideal choice.”
Funding from the Department of Children’s Services (DoCS), sponsorship from Cobar Toyota and other fundraising activities made the purchase of the new Toyota LandCruiser 78 Series TroopCarrier possible.
Ms Thomas said many of the kilometres the TroopCarrier covered were on unsealed roads.
“We went out to a property at Ivanhoe recently, which is 230km from Cobar of which only 35km is bitumen,” she said.
Members of the Cobar Mobile Children Service camp out overnight at some of the more remote properties.
Cobar Mobile Children Service co-ordinator Kylie Thomas (left) and assistant Melanie Gunn with the Toyota LandCruiser Troop Carrier they use to transport toys and equipment to some of the most remote parts of outback NSW.