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Seymour’s floods in October were devastating for many businesses, and disability support organisation Goulburn Options were hit especially hard by the loss of six vehicles from their fleet.

Goulburn Options’ vehicles are vital to the operation of the organisation, as they transport participants from across the Goulburn region and connect them with the community, events, and various health services.

To help the group get back on their feet, the NorCen Financial Services, who operates the Bendigo Community Bank branches at Broadford, Kilmore and Wallan, provided a grant of $40,000 to put towards the purchase of two new Kia Carnival people movers, with Seymour Toyota, Kilmore Toyota and Central Ford Kilmore also assisting.

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NorCen community engagement and marketing officer Lee Day said when Graeme Dove at Seymour Toyota reached out for help to purchase the vehicles, the bank was more than happy to assist.

“It’s really great to know that we can support such an important organisation. There’s a need for services like Goulburn Options in the area so we were happy to be able to help them get back up and running,” she said.

“It’s such a vital service for our community, a lot of people in the area and even the northern suburbs use [Goulburn Options] so it’s important to allow them to do what they need to do.”

Kilmore Toyota dealer principal Adam Dove said Goulburn Options had used Toyota vehicles for a long time and the dealerships in Seymour and Kilmore helped to provide temporary vehicles while the two new people movers were organised.

“We know [Goulburn Options are] as long-time Toyota customers, so we had a couple of second-hand cars that we effectively rented out to them,” he said.

“Their insurance wouldn’t have covered some of the cost of the cars, so it was important for us to help out. There’s a lot of people who need the help, but they might not have the resources, and we have tried to help where we can.”

Goulburn Options business manager Rebecca Staring said although Goulburn Options’ primary buildings remained untouched, the loss of these vehicles was sharply felt.

“The organisation’s vehicles are integral to its service as they transport participants from all across the Goulburn region, connecting them with the broader community, events, and various health services. However now, thanks to the support and consideration of the local community, Goulburn Options is back on the road,” she said.

“Goulburn Options offers heartfelt thanks to the Community Bank/Bendigo Bank for their generous grant of $40,000, as well as Seymour Toyota, Kilmore Toyota, and Central Ford Kilmore for their financial support in the purchase of two Kia Carnival people movers, as well as the huge amount of time and effort that went in to supplying them so swiftly.”

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