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Leading bus operator CDC NSW has cemented its partnership with Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) during its first KBHAC Mobile Education Centre (MEC) community visit post COVID-19.

The MEC, a converted commuter bus nicknamed ‘Benny’ which features an audio-visual system and printed historical information on Stolen Generations, is the first of its kind and integral to helping KBHAC members tell their stories in a range of locations.

The MEC will be used as a tool of education for schools, for community groups and those who work with Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community.

Mikhail Mikhail, driver for CDC NSW, steered the MEC to a Healing Session at Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) in Little Bay where it was unveiled to a group of Kinchela Boy’s Home survivors and AH&MRC staff.

The partnership is an important part of CDC NSW’s contributions to causes that assist with reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

CDC NSW has committed to maintaining and storing the MEC between outings and will also provide KBHAC with drivers to take the bus to different communities across New South Wales.

In turn, KBHAC is assisting CDC NSW by helping it employ more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices and staff and provide guidance on maintaining a culturally safe and supportive working environment for them.

KBHAC will also be conducting ongoing cultural awareness training with CDC NSW’s staff.

CDC NSW General Manager for Innovation and Organisational Development, Ravinder Singh, said the partnership was a great way for CDC NSW to use its resources to back a very important cause while helping achieve the company’s reconciliation goals.

“We are very proud and excited about getting involved with Kinchela Boys Home survivors and collaborating with them in getting Benny in tip-top condition, so they can get out there and continue with the healing and reconciliation process,” Mr Singh said.

KBHAC CEO, Dr Tiffany McComsey thanked CDC NSW for kindly agreeing to sponsor the Mobile Education Centre.

“We are very grateful to CDC NSW for agreeing to look after our MEC and ensuring that the bus is road worthy, but also providing us with bus drivers to help be part of this journey and who can help transport this bus where it needs to go is a godsend,” Dr McComsey said.

“We’re hoping it enriches CDC NSW as an organisation and also that the experiences are ones that can be shared with the CDC families of the employees who work there”.

“The stories from KBH are important stories to tell. This bus is very much like a sacred space. When you go inside the bus, you realise you are inside the KBH story,” she said.

“As a small organisation we are so grateful to CDC NSW for providing the oversight and maintenance – we know it is in good hands.”

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) was established by survivors of Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home (KBH), a ‘home’ run by the NSW Government for over 50 years to house Aboriginal boys forcibly removed from their families.

CDC NSW is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC). In NSW, CDC NSW operates Hillsbus and Forest Coach Lines in Sydney, as well as other regional cities outside of Sydney including Blue Mountains Transit, Hunter Valley Buses, Blanch’s Bus Company on the north coast and CDC Broken Hill.

To find out more about KBHAC Stolen Generation Mobile Education Centre (MEC) visit here.

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Please note that from 23 November 2020, the following changes will be made to services. Plan ahead at transportnsw.info.

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With the normalisation of New South Wales school timetables, CDC (Hillsbus/Blue Mountains Transit /Hunter Valley Buses /Forest Coach Lines) drivers and staff are continuing with a range of measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Continued additional bus cleaning. School buses are cleaned thoroughly after each morning and afternoon school run. 

Extra consideration for drivers’ health. All drivers are temperature-checked before shifts and are issued with a replenishable supply of hand sanitiser. Drivers also have a dedicated COVID-19 hotline to call if they present with symptoms.

Physical distancing. At CDC we are encouraging all passengers to continue practising physical distancing on our buses.

However, in line with advice from Transport for NSW and NSW Health, physical distancing between students is not required on buses. Additionally, no student will be left at a bus stop. On regular timetabled services school students will be given priority over paying passengers, even if this means physical distancing of 1.5 metres is not achievable.

CDC NSW will continue to work closely with Transport for NSW to ensure the safety of all passengers.

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ComfortDelGro Australia (CDC) is championing the push to raise awareness for men’s health and help reduce the incidence of male suicide by supporting the Movember campaign throughout November.

Close to 1000 buses, taxis and ambulances from CDC’s State operations nationally have been adorned with the iconic moustache to raise awareness for the Movember campaign. Other initiatives include fund raising activities across our State operations, as part of our support and commitment to this worthy cause.

Movember is a leading global charity and takes place in November each year to supports men’s health awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

This initiative is led by CDC Victoria who have supported the Movember campaign for the last 3 years. CDC Victoria is also proud to be the first bus company to support this campaign and adorn Moustaches on its vehicles in Victoria. This year we are proud that other CDC’s operations nationally, including New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, have also chosen to support the Movember Foundation.

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In the past 24 hours both the Federal and state Governments have upgraded precautions designed to address the spread of coronavirus. Such measures include the mandatory closure of clubs, pubs, restaurants, indoor sporting facilities and places of worship.

At this stage, public transport, as an essential service, remains unaffected.

In order to address the continuing risk of infection, CDC businesses across Australia will be adopting measures designed to identify and prevent people who may be running a high temperature (defined as 38 degrees or higher) and therefore potentially suffering from COVID-19 from attending any of our sites.

Temperature Taking of Contractors and Visitors

All guests, contractors and delivery people visiting any of our depots will be requested to attend the Operations office and present for temperature testing prior to being allowed on site.

Temperature Taking of Employees

In addition, all employees (drivers, mechanics, operations staff and head office personnel) will be required to have their temperature taken at the beginning of their shift to ensure that they do not present at work with a high temperature.

Employees required to take temperatures will be provided the appropriate training, guidelines and protective gear to enable them to do this safely.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in cooperating with these additional measures, which are important to protect your health and safety, as well as that of our employees.