Southern Cross University staff carpoolers Sophie Kemm (at the wheel) and Kirsty Howton.
Southern Cross University staff carpoolers Sophie Kemm (at the wheel) and Kirsty Howton.

Carpool makes a big splash

After a one-year pilot program involving 78 staff and students from Southern Cross University, a web-based car pooling system is being launched for the Northern Rivers.

The program is being jointly run by six local councils, (Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Clarence, Richmond and Tweed) along with SCU, NSW Transport and Infrastructure, North Coast TAFE and the North Coast Area Health Service.

Southern Cross University sustainability officer Kirsty Howton said she was delighted with the take up of the scheme by staff and students.

“Transport is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, so carpooling to work or study is an effective way to reduce our carbon footprint for the benefit of our community in tackling climate change. Additionally, with fewer cars on the road, we are reducing the resources required to maintain our roads and our cars,” she said.

Northern Rivers Carpool co-ordinator Gillian Edwards said most cars on the road only have one occupant and carpooling is a good way to meet new people and reduce your weekly fuel bills.

The Carpool Project is a free and easy web-based service that matches travel details of commuters. Check out the website at www.nrcarpool.org.


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