Council on board for hinterland bus service
  • Thursday 22 May 2008

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council will hop on board an advocacy program to ensure a trial hinterland bus service gets a guernsey from Queensland Transport.

The trial service, operating daily between Maleny and Nambour, started up as a trial program six month ago thanks to a funding partnership between the State and the former Caloundra City and Maroochy Councils.

However, the highly successful trial is set to end on 30 June and while surveys show the community is keen to see the service continue, the State Government has advised that no funding has been allocated to the service.

At today’s Sunshine Coast Council Strategy and Planning Committee meeting, it was agreed that Council would write to Queensland Transport and lobby the Minister to have the service continue.

Division five Councillor, Jenny McKay, said that Council had gone to the effort of providing seed funding for the service to prove its viability, and that it was disappointing to see the State not back up the success with continued financial support.

“The community support of this introductory service has shown the need for a hinterland bus service,” Cr McKay said.

“Overall the trial has met, and is expected to exceed the target requirement. It is unfortunate that the State has not recognised this and continued funding the service they initiated.

“Council will write to Queensland Transport and meet with appropriate staff and Ministers to advocate for the funding to continue.”