On Friday 23rd September 2016, founder of Great Community Transport Helen Walker retired after nearly 30 years as Manager.
Helen received the Order of Australia Medal for her services to community transport and has been a strong advocate for community transport, the frail aged and people with a disability and their carers for many years.
Helen started Mountains Community Transport in 1986. In 2004 Mountains Community Transport & Nepean Community Transport amalgamated to become Great Community Transport, which provides transport to people living in an area that covers 1834 square kms.
In 2014-2015 Great Community Transport provided transport to 3291 individuals, with a total of 78,080 trips.
In 2008 Helen was the winner of the University of Western Sydney Women of the West International Woman of the Year Award.
Great Community Transport was also awarded CTO Community Transport of the year in 2011 and WSCF Zest award for Outstanding Volunteer Organisation in 2012.
During her time with the service Helen has seen many changes. From being the sole employee & driver & sharing a room with another community service in 1986, GCT now has 26 employees, over 100 volunteers, 25 vehicles and 2 offices. Helen set up Smartlink Transport in 2006 which has allowed a significant number of community groups to go on outings various outings using either the BMCC Access Buses or other vehicles on the Smartlink Register.
All at Great Community Transport wish Helen a long, happy & healthy retirement.