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hi folks i just found this so thought id spread the word a little.



Needy families may be able to benefit from a plan in which
those going though a rough patch will be able to borrow small late-model
vehicles, absolutely free of charge, to help them get back on their

Australian search engine, Big Roo (www.bigroo.com), has announced that
families nationwide, including single parents, will be able to borrow
small late-model vehicles, absolutely free of charge.

The Big Roo cars will be made available anywhere in Australia to genuine

"Aussie battlers" who need a helping hand to get them 'on the road',
literally, to a brighter future. Individuals and organisations providing
volunteer services to the community are also eligible.

Those selected will be given a late-model car for up to six months to
help them pull their lives together. The cars will be delivered to the
families or groups with a full tank of fuel.

In addition, Big Roo will meet all vehicle registration, insurance and
maintenance costs.

Candidates must be at least 25 years of age; have a clean driving
licence; be a responsible, careful and considerate driver; drive at
least 400 kilometres a week; keep the vehicle in a clean and roadworthy
condition; and be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident.

Big Roo's spokesman, Tony Tobin, said. "Each car will be decorated with
Big Roo logos and colours, so it's important to us who drives the
vehicles as they will be representing Big Roo to the public.

"Our aim is to help those who are in genuine need, someone who's trying
to get back up on his or her feet, but finding it tough. It's intended
to be a hand up, not a hand out".

Big Roo is an online search engine, covering all Australian states. It
provides user-friendly search options for businesses to promote
themselves, so that customers can easily find them.

"All new entries are reviewed and checked by a team of editors. So when
you look for a specific type of business in a certain area, that's
exactly what you get," Mr Tobin added.

An online application form for Big Roo's loan vehicles can be found on
the Big Roo website (www.bigroo.com).

For further information please contact:

Tony Tobin
Big Roo, Australian Search Engine
0422 582 878


[User Picture]From: barksy
2008-05-22 06:51 am (UTC)
"drive at least 400 kilometres a week;"

Geez, really? That's alot, isn't it? I barely reach 200-250km a week!
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[User Picture]From: imyerjoeyramone
2008-05-22 07:04 am (UTC)
yeh its heaps isnt it i thought that too! oh well cool kinda cool program still though if you fit the criteria that is.
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[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2008-05-22 07:16 am (UTC)
I think it's a dumb idea.

If they are genuinely strugging they'd be better off sticking to public transport so they don't have to fork out for super-expensive petrol.

Especially if they're going 400km a week, that's a LOT of petrol.

It's kinda like saying, "Here you go, have some debt! Yay!"
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[User Picture]From: imyerjoeyramone
2008-05-22 07:54 am (UTC)
very good point. im not involved with it. purely just thought id share as i thought it was an interesting concept. but the 400km is ridiculus.
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[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2008-05-22 08:43 am (UTC)
It is an interesting concept, and I like that it's somewhat innovative. I do prefer http://www.onefreebike.com though.
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[User Picture]From: imyerjoeyramone
2008-05-22 09:25 am (UTC)
thats awesome, thanks for the link. so much better on many levels. also doesnt seem to be so selective on who can recieve it too. i know that i wouldnt fit the "image" of the free car crew thats for sure!
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[User Picture]From: nihilistvlad
2008-05-23 01:52 am (UTC)
Given the amount of distance you are required to drive each week, it sounds as though it's more suited to country folks rather than townsfolk. In which case, there isn't exactly a whole lot of public transport in some places.
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[User Picture]From: frou_frou
2008-05-22 08:15 am (UTC)
It's all about cheap advertising for Big Roo. 400km isn't much for a "normal" family who live in an outer suburb and drive every where, even the local shops. There are probably many people in those circumstances who would love to have a car, but if they're living that life they probably already have one.

I suspect they'll find more enthusiastic people to take up their offer if they look at inner city students and low income earners and ditch the km limit: but of course, they don't want to pay for a car that isn't going to be moving and attracting attention.
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[User Picture]From: imyerjoeyramone
2008-05-22 09:26 am (UTC)
yeh true. the restrictions on who is eligable and how many k's are required are kinda ridiculus.
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[User Picture]From: what_she_had
2008-05-22 09:39 am (UTC)
Interesting idea but like the other posters, I don't think it solves the transport issue for low-income earners. What they really need is reliable public transport. Many live in the outer suburbs where PT is inadequate, so the car is a necessity to get to work but they have to spend a lot on petrol.

And on a semi-related note - Not suprisingly some these areas have the highest levels of carbon emissions in Victoria so it's possible residents of these areas may be hit with a carbon tax, on top of the higher prices they pay for living further out:
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[User Picture]From: imyerjoeyramone
2008-05-22 09:43 am (UTC)
yeh totally its kinda weird but thought id just let people know as i came across it and hadnt heard about it before. but yeh i totaly agree that more efficient and an increase in services with public transport is what is needed.
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[User Picture]From: what_she_had
2008-05-22 10:04 am (UTC)
I've never heard of Big Roo before either, so it's a good discussion topic :D
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[User Picture]From: lib_monster
2008-05-25 07:23 am (UTC)
I think that it's a good idea. For someone struggling for whatever reason, a car for a short term loan gives them the "hand up" that Tony intends.

If you're working full time, in one spot sure, you may not rack up that many km's but if you're looking for a job, a week or so of job hunting would be sooo much easier with access to a car, than PT. Once the loan period is up, you'll have had enough time to settle into the job, and work out the best way to get there by Public Transport, or work out a car-pooll with a new colleague.

Or, a family who normally rely on public transport, but for whatever reason, perhaps some one is in hospital or ill, need a better more reliable way of getting to/from home to hospital to work and back, and to appointments etc.

There are heaps of people who could benefit from this and good on Tony and Big Roo for doing it.

I think it's a great post, thanks for alerting us to it.
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[User Picture]From: imyerjoeyramone
2008-05-25 08:44 am (UTC)
no worries,

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