Commonwealth Home Support Program

HACC_iconThe CHSP program aims to help the frail aged and people with a disability, through the provision of our services, to remain living independently in their own homes, for as long as it is practical.

The program is jointly funded by the federal and state governments and is auspiced by Gwydir shire Council.

CHSP Staff

Our Staff co-ordinate and implement Programs to assist clients and offer support with a variety of activities and services.  We acknowledge and value our Volunteers, who assist us in the provision of all our client services.   They are very generous people and we could not function without them.

We assist with:

  • Transport Bookings
  • Aged Care Assessment Team referrals
  • Vital Call
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs transport claims
  • Social Functions
  • Social Support

Our clients are important to us.  If we can assist you in any way, please phone us, or call in to the office to speak with us. Confidentiality and a caring, professional approach is assured.

Community Transport

We have both a local and inter-town service.

Local Service
Community Transport operates a local service within town limits, Monday to Friday 9.30am – 2pm. This service is available for: local shopping, medical appointments, Community Health, Social and MPS Visits.
Cost: $5.00 per trip.

Transport to local community functions may be available, subject to client interest and staff availability, by arrangement. Please direct all enquiries to Bingara CHSP Staff.

Inter-Town Service
Community Transport operates to the towns listed below, Monday to Friday, for medical, specialist and hospital appointments; as well as professional services and access.

Client contributions are:

*   Tamworth $50.00 *   Moree $40.00 *   Inverell $25.00
*   Armidale $50.00 *   Narrabri $40.00 *   Barraba $25.00
*   Warialda $25.00

Access Bus
The Access bus travels to Tamworth and Inverell on alternate fourth Fridays in each month – see details in office window.

Food Services

“Meals on Wheels” are delivered by our dedicated volunteers and are available to clients Monday to Friday with home delivery between 12pm – 1pm. Clients receive a menu choice each week and the meal includes one choice each of a main meal, sweet/yoghurt/fruit and a juice. The weekly menu is also delivered (usually Monday) and collected (usually Wednesday) on the daily run.

Clients living in the country, or those wishing to order extra for weekend use may also access frozen meals.

Cost: $7.00 per meal (including dessert and juice) as at July 2009.


Social Activities for eligible CHSP clients are held each month, usually in the following format:

CHSP Social Day:
1st Friday of each month
Linga Longa Room
12 – 2.30pm
$6.00 (limit 18)
Lunch, games & chat with friends

Morning Tea/Activity Group
1st, 2nd & 3rd Tuesday each month
Linga Longa Room
10.00 – 11.30am
$2.50 (limit 20)
Client/Carer’s morning tea and activities – recipe/book/plant exchange, craft…

Excursions/Social Trips are also arranged and have been most enjoyable. In 2010, we have plans for a Senior’s Ball, a Picnic in the Park, a Fashion Parade and several other outings; locally or within the region. Call in or phone us to check on our next excursion. We are open to suggestions, however costing, availability and client interest determine our choices.

We would love you to join us in any or all of our activities!

Contact: CHSP Coordinator: Tonille Reading
38 Maitland Street

Phone: 6724 1948        Fax: 6724 1777



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