Mandurah is far away!

Janine Roets
Town of Cambridge

A group of Cambridge Seniors found out how to get to Mandurah from the Wembley Community Centre by making use of public transport. After a journey planning session presented by the Transperth Community Education Team and morning tea the group of 15 over 50’s hopped onto a bus to the Perth bus port. From there they headed to the Mandurah foreshore for lunch.

Other than having a great day out the group learned how to use their Smart Riders cards, making use of the free off-peak hours, how to download and use the Transperth Journey Planner App and finally how to get assistance when travelling on the network.

For the next trip it is recommended that more time is allowed for activities and a closer destination is selected. When travelling with a group with varying abilities it is difficult to keep to a tight schedule and allowing for more question time is important. Previous trips included a visit to South Perth and the zoo with a delightful ferry ride.

Cambridge Community Services has partnered with Transperth to establish a peer support program to empower local community members and foster social connections in their neighbourhood. A one off ‘train the trainer’ session will help create a network of Transperth Champions. The Champions will offer guided trips around Perth, some even want to go to Kalgoorlie, but for now even Mandurah is a bit too far…

Thank you to the Transperth Community Education Team!!! Our group had a great time and their professionalism and excellent service was much appreciated.

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James (Your Move)

Thanks for sharing this engaging activity Janine! This is the first story we have had on an activity like this - so I have had to wing it a little and link it to the activity "Host a bike ride for staff or community" - we will probably rename that activity to be about active travel in general, including public transport. Anyway the upshot is that you have earned 40 points for the activity, 10 points for a detailed and informative story, and another 10 points for sharing your lessons learned. Make sure you give an update on the upcoming "train the trainer" sessions and subsequent outings!

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