STAR Transport is moving

REDLAND City's Special Transport Assistance Redlands (STAR Community Transport) is preparing for a new home.

The not-for-profit organisation, which provides transport assistance for eligible residents, has outgrown its Cleveland premises in Middle Street.

It plans to upgrade from its current 300sq m office to lease 450sq m above Hog's Breath Cafe at Raby Bay Harbour in January.

Since it started in 1996, the organisation has grown to having more than 35 cars and five people mover buses in its fleet.

Yesterday, it held its first day tripper picnic to North Stradbroke Island.

The trip was sold out and is set to become a popular monthly outing.

But the group's expansion does not stop there and on November 1, it will launch its latest venture, Volunteering Redlands.

Star Transport operations manager Peter Mann said the new venture would provide training and match volunteers with organisations.

"It's one of the reasons we want to move to larger premises where we can have rooms for meetings and training sessions," Mr Mann said.

"Our community bus service also requires more space which is why we are planning to move.

"Community groups, such as RDCOTA, have also expressed interest in using our meeting rooms.

"We will be leasing the premises and it turns out to be a cheaper alternative to the office space we currently have."

Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson said the move to more salubrious premises would not affect the organisation's chances of getting renewed state funding in 2015.

The state government provides STAR with funding to transport people under 65 and the federal government funds transport for people over 65.

"I would love to be able to get them a cheap rental state government facility where they could keep all their vehicles and conduct training under the one roof," Mr Robinson said.

"Charities have to think through public perception about where they locate their office and things like the type of cars you drive I know as I have been a charity manager."

Redland City Council mayor Karen Williams will launch Volunteering Redlands at Redlands Performing Arts Centre on Friday, November 1.

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