New community transport for the Kenilworth community
  • Thursday 19 July 2018

The Kenilworth community will soon have a new way to connect to the broader Sunshine Coast region with Sunshine Coast Council providing a vehicle as part of a 12-month Community Transport trial.

Division 10 Cr Greg Rogerson said the trial would be a first for the Sunshine Coast and had attracted a positive response from the Kenilworth community.

“Kenilworth’s isolation from public transport presents difficulties for some residents, prompting the introduction of this affordable Community Transport trial,” Cr Rogerson said.

“The council-provided vehicle can undertake as many trips as the community desires, with patrons paying $8 per return trip.

“The vehicle will be driven by community volunteers, suitably qualified and certified. Council will cover the costs of accreditation of drivers from the Kenilworth community.

“However, the trips must not coincide with or duplicate the public transport services offered by Translink.”

Council will allocate an annual $2000 towards the Kenilworth community as a working fund to assist in operational costs and ensure council’s vehicle is maintained in good order.

“The trial will allow council to gauge a better understanding of the community’s requirements and their support for this kind of service,” Cr Rogerson said.

“The trial will be monitored and, depending on the level of community support, an ongoing Community Transport scheme may be considered.”