Council donate vehicle to local charity

Burnie City Council at its July meeting (Tuesday 17 July) voted to transfer ownership of a second hand utility to local charity, Produce to the People.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “Earlier in the year, charity founder Penelope Dodd approached Council seeking support for the transport of produce through regular use of a Council vehicle.

“We were certainly keen to help, but we found there were some logistical issues and we couldn’t accommodate their needs.

“Council then further discussed the idea of transferring the ownership of a second hand utility, due for trade-in, to Produce to the People as a donation. This was supported at the meeting,” she said.

Produce to the People is a Burnie based project that gathers excess backyard and farm grown produce from the region and distributes it to families in need in the community. The success of the program has resulted in a requirement for a larger vehicle for gathering large quantities of produce from along the North-West Coast.

“Access to a utility will now allow the program to double the amount of produce that could be transported and distributed to our community.

“The Produce to the People program has been highly successful, not only in providing produce to families in need at low cost, but also by engaging with many members of our community through volunteering and assisting in the program. This has allowed a number of community members to develop employment skills.

“We hope this donation will help reassure Penelope Dodd and her team that she has the community’s support,” Ald French said.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728