Drug Arm van ready to roll
IF YOU see these people out on the city's streets tonight, take a good hard look because these are the friendly faces of the now-established Bundaberg Street Outreach Service.
Volunteers and members of a steering committee charged with renewing the previous Drug Arm service - withdrawn two months ago - let out a big sigh of relief when the van pulled up into the grounds of the Bundaberg YMCA on Wednesday afternoon.
The van had been driven back by YMCA chief executive officer Phill Sellwood after picking it up from Drug Arm in Brisbane.
Owen Sharwood, a steering committee member and team leader for tonight's first patrol back, said it felt like the van was now "home".
"I've been missing my little truck - when they took it, I thought it was gone for good," he said.
Another member of the steering committee, Steve Beiger, said the outreach service could now physically get back on to the streets of Bundy and help those in need once again.
"We can now move forward with the proposed new-look system," Mr Beiger said.
"There are a lot of people interested in donating their time and service."
Mr Sellwood said the service agreement between the YMCA and Drug Arm had now been finalised for the next three months and the van was getting prepared to return to its regular street patrols.
"It needs a good clean and we will ensure there are enough supplies," he said.
Mr Sellwood said youths involved in the Youth and Community Combined Action group had organised kits to take out in the van, which contained tea and coffee and other supplies.
"They'll maintain and wash the van," he said.