The Southern Communities Transport Scheme (SCOTS) involves the coordination of local transport and volunteers as a cost effective means of improving access to services and opportunities for people living in the local area. The scheme assists those who are transport disadvantaged (i.e, we are a last resort) of all age groups.There are two main services, Medi Ride and the Community Shopping Bus. Commercial operators are utilised for local transport where possible.
The scheme is also a transport information resource for the region. Any member of the community is invited to contact the office to discuss what transport services are available.
There is now a $30 annual client membership payable to SCOTS. Even though some clients utilise more than one service, a single membership will provide access to all services provided by SCOTS.
SCOTS has been under considerable pressure due to a huge increase in the number of people needing transport assistance, while at the same time we are receiving less funding from the State Government. Even with the Client Membership, donations will continue to be critical to us being able to maintain services.
We must have at least 1 clear working days notice for all of our services or transport will be refused.
Medi Ride is a door to door community car service available for transport to medical or essential appointments both locally and in Adelaide. Transport can also be provided where possible for visiting nursing homes or hospitals etc. Donations are most gratefully accepted from clients to contribute towards the cost of the service provision.
Please note: If you are a patient of the Flinders Medical Centre, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, or a card holder for Veterans Affairs you may be eligible for travel reimbursement from that organisation. If you have limited mobility or a medical condition you may be eligible for the SATSS taxi voucher scheme. Please phone our office for any further information.
Community Shopping Bus
Community Shopping Bus is a scheduled bus run which provides a door to door service to and from central Victor Harbor. This is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Port Elliot, Victor Harbor & Encounter Bay, and Fridays for Goolwa and Middleton. Please phone the office to book your seat.
Cost: By donation.
Volunteer drivers are used extensively in the provision of these services driving the latest model cars and buses. All drivers are subject to policy clearance and medical checks as part of their application process.
The Scheme would like to sincerely thank our team of volunteers for their time, effort & kindness. The excellent and caring service they provide is very much appreciated.
- Department for Families and Communities
- Home & Community Care
- City of Victor Harbor
- Alexandrina Council
Thank you to the Volunteers of the Southern Communities Transport Scheme.
The scheme, which is designed to assist those who are transport disadvantaged, literally could not survive without the generosity of the volunteer team, approximately fourty in all.
Volunteer roles include driving the Medi Ride cars, the door-to-door transport service to medical appointments, both locally and to Adelaide.
Volunteer drivers and attendants also operate the Community Shopping Bus. This service is also door-to-door and provides access from Goolwa, Middleton, Port Elliot, Hayborough and Encounter Bay to central Victor Harbor. The attendants assist with shopping parcels and also lend a hand to clients if necessary. Approximately 8,000 hours are provided annually to the transport scheme, which is a considerable contribution to the communities of City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council. Especially when bearing in mind that this is only one of the many Council programs where volunteers donate their time and effort, not to mention the Non-Council organisations.
For more information in regards to Medi Ride or the Community Shopping Bus please contact the Southern Communities Transport Scheme on 8551 0760, or call into their office at the new civic centre located on the corner of Bay and George Main Rd.