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YMCA invests in the local community with bright new state-of-the-art buses to transport children

15 Nov 2016 - Media ReleasesOSHC

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie roads are brighter and more cheerful than ever before with the addition of three new state-of-the-art YMCA buses to transport children to and from its out of school hours care (OSHC) services in the region. 

The three new 22-seater Toyota Coasters will transport children from 14 local schools to and from the YMCA OSHC services at St James Primary School, Kotara and Biraban Primary School, Toronto, replacing the existing vehicles.

At a cost of $300,000, the buses are a significant and important investment in the community, YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart said.

“At YMCA NSW our mission is to create happier, healthier and more connected communities. As such, we are delighted be able to provide the new buses to ensure the continued comfort and safety of the children who attend our out of school hours care facilities at Kotara and Toronto.”

YMCA Newcastle Area Manager Simone Mowczan added: “Our focus on safety and quality of care begins the moment the children enter our care – and these fantastic new buses are a tangible example of this. Give them a wave if you see them on the road!”

For more information about YMCA-run Out of School Hours Care in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, contact Simone via visit   

Media contact:

Louise O’Donnell

Media and Content Specialist



About the YMCA:

YMCA NSW is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to connecting people to their communities to live healthier and happier lives. We deliver services in more than 100 locations across NSW including camps, before and after school care, community recreation and sporting facilities, swimming pools and youth services. We also raise funds to deliver much needed community programs. With a commitment to delivering healthy living programs, empowering young people and making a positive social impact, we strive to ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community.

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