All About Community Wheels

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Community Wheels Inc. has been providing safe & accessible transport since 1986 in Parramatta & Cumberland LGAs to:
  • People over 65 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Transport-disadvantaged residents
  • Culturally diverse individuals
  • Younger people with disabilities
  • And their carers

OurVision

To transport and support individuals and communities to participate in a range of activities that will improve their well-being and independence.

OurMission

  • Promoting and delivering personalised, affordable and accessible transport services in the City of Parramatta and Cumberland Council areas for eligible individuals and communities.
  • Designing transport initiatives that meet the needs of the clients. 
  • Planning a range of social and community activities that improve clients’ well-being and independence.
  • Ensuring all activities are carried out in an ethical, compassionate and inclusive manner.
  • Providing a safe, diverse, inclusive and professional work environment.
  • Optimising resources in a changing environment.
  • Operating in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.
  • Benchmarking performance against industry standards.

OurValues

Respect

Innovation

Inclusivity

Integrity

Excellence

Cohesion

Compassion

Timeline of Community Support

16 July 1987

Inception

A public meeting was held to elect a Management Committee for Parramatta Community Transport Group. The goal of this organization was to develop community transport services for frail aged people and people with disabilities living in the Parramatta Local Government Area.

16 July 1987

July 1988

Incorporation

The organization was incorporated as an Association under the name of Parramatta Community Transport Association Inc. Our first office was in an old Department of Housing building located in South St, Rydalmere. That same month and year, the organization purchased its first vehicle, a Mazda minibus, that was modified to carry wheelchairs and was used to transport our clients to and from shops.

August 1991

Digitisation

Office moved to Parramatta. We also computerized our accounting and office systems.

August 1991

October 2002

Rebranding

Official change of name to Community Wheels Inc.

June 2003

Amalgamation

Community Wheels Inc. amalgamated with Holroyd Community Transport Group

June 2003

November 2006

Expansion

Office moved to 2A Arthur Street Merrylands, which allowed us to increase the number of resources, staff and vehicles.

January 2014

Settling In

After extensive negotiations with Transport for NSW and the current landlord, Community Wheels Inc. moved to our current location in Northmead.

January 2014

Since incorporation, our organisation has continued to expand as demand for our services increased.  We started with one full-time coordinator, one part-time service administrator, one casual driver, and a group of volunteers that used their own cars to provide medical transport. 

 

Today, we have more than 40 employees and volunteers, and a mixed fleet of 19 vehicles including sedans, vans with wheelchair hoist, and big 20-seater buses.

Meet Our Team

Some of the dedicated and friendly staff keeping you connected with your community

Carla Northam
CEO

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Gabriel Hitti
Transport Services and Operations Coordinator

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Sowjanya Dammavalam
Bookings Officer

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Sally Crocker
Transport Services and Operations Administrator

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Guiselle Shepardson
Bookings Officer

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Yvonne Fracala
Client Liaison Coordinator

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Corey Poulsen
Finance Coordinator

TBA
Social Inclusion Coordinator

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Management Committee

Community Wheels Inc has a strong Management Committee (MC) that brings diverse skills and experience to the governance body. The key responsibilities of all members of the Management Committee are to:

Set the direction for Community Wheels Inc.

Make sure we know where we want to go, how we want to get there, and what we want to achieve along the way

Monitor the organisation's performance

Make sure we run as smoothly as we can, and help as many people as possible while we do it

Maintain control of the organisation

Ensuring the organisation stays on track according to agreed priorities and planned activities

For more information about the duties of those who manage charities, please visit the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission website or read the ACNC guide Governance for Good.

Current members of the Management Committee

Mr Sudhir Gupta

Sudhir Gupta
Chairperson

Appointed to MC: 8 November 2016
Qualifications:
  • Masters in Computer Science
  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering
Responsibilities:
  • Strategic Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
Stefanie Lowe

Stefanie Lowe
Committee Member

Appointed to MC: 22 March 2021

Responsibilities:
Strategic Management
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Jessie Gatt
Committee Member

Appointed to MC: 23 October 2013

Responsibilities:
  • Maltese community representative
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Andrew Cordwell 
Vice Chair

Appointed to MC: 24 September 2018
Appointed as Vice Chair: 15 November 2021
Qualifications:
  • FCA
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Justice of the Peace
Responsibilities:
  • Commercial due diligence
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Ramalingam Naganathan
Committee Member

Appointed to MC: 19 October 2016
Qualifications:
  • Justice of the Peace
Responsibilities:
  • Tamil community representative
Maria Baker

Maria Baker
Secretary

Appointed to MC: 25 June 2018
Appointed as Secretary: 15 November 2021

Responsibilities:
  • Strategic Management
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Dr. Elizabeth Ricketts
Committee Member

Appointed to MC: 26 February 2018
Qualifications:
  • T. Cert; Dip. T; Dip. Special Ed;
  • Grad. Dip. Ed. Leadership;
  • B. Ed; M. Ed; Ed. D
  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering
Responsibilities:
  • Human resources

Testimonials

Hear from some of our community members