The Dubbo community came together last week to pitch sustainable, affordable and innovative transport ideas for people living with a disability.
A partnership between icare NSW and the UNE SMART Region Incubator, the ‘Transport: Connecting with Community’ initiative is aimed at improving the social connectivity of people living with a disability.
The second and final installment of the Transport for the Community workshops heard four pitches representing seven different organisations, allowing them the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality.
Project Manager of the Transport: Connecting with Communities event Sophie Davis said the aim of the initiative was to create social inclusion.
“Hopefully in these solutions that help get people around more, they actually build social connections, even in the transport they do, ride sharing is a great example…,” she said.
“People can start to build up their network… it build their social inclusion because they can get out.
“Quality of life is greatly improved by getting out and talking to people.”
The initiative kicked-off in May this year with a call to the Dubbo community for sustainable, affordable and innovative transport ideas.
Six of these ideas from community organisations were then taken through UNE’s SMART Region Incubator for workshopping and development.
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There is $500,000 up for grabs across the Dubbo event and another event at Tamworth.
While the winner won’t be announced until early 2019, but at the Dubbo event a people’s choice was chosen.
The prize for people’s choice was that the winner gets to spend time with a business mentor from the UNE SMART Region Incubator.
“To really get their ideas going. It’s about being an innovator and really setting up your project plans well,” Ms Davis said.
The project manager was impressed by all of the pitches.
“They’ve really come a long way,” Ms Davis said.