Taxi ser­vice to con­tinue

Alpine Observer - - News -

AFTER pass­ing its three month trial in late Novem­ber, Alpine Com­mu­nity Taxis is now ex­pand­ing to the Kiewa Val­ley.

James and Denise Wei who es­tab­lished Alpine Com­mu­nity Taxis last Au­gust, re­cently pur­chased the Mt Beauty taxi ser­vice from Brian and Liz Cuffe.

The Cuffe’s had been look­ing to sell the busi­ness since 2015 and were will­ing to move on even if it wasn’t sold.

They’re now thrilled that the Mt Beauty com­mu­nity will re­main with a taxi for the fore­see­able future.

“We felt hor­ri­ble at the prospect of leaving the com­mu­nity with­out a taxi, but the com­mu­nity was very un­der­stand­ing about it,” Liz said.

“We did ev­ery­thing we could to find a taker, but we needed to get on with our lives.

“We are over the moon that it has fi­nally sold.”

Alpine Com­mu­nity Taxis will own but not op­er­ate the ser­vice and are cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing for driv­ers in both Mt Beauty and Myrtle­ford.

The job re­quires ac­cred­i­ta­tion to drive a com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle and a med­i­cal check.

Although Kiewa Val­ley lo­cals, the Cuffe’s will re­lo­cate to Cairns where Liz’s chil­dren and grand­chil­dren live.

Brian ‘Cuffy’ started the busi- ness in the early 1990s, and due to health rea­sons be­gan job-shar­ing with Mick Can­ning in 2003 be­fore his wife joined him in 2007.

The cou­ple started ad­ver­tis­ing the sale of the ser­vice three years ago and last Oc­to­ber an­nounced they would be re­tir­ing even if the busi­ness was not sold.

“That gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter- est,” Brian said.

“A lot more peo­ple started look­ing se­ri­ously at it, and in Jan­uary we got our of­fer. “We are ec­static. “It would have been a big fi­nan­cial loss for us, but we were pre­pared for that.

“We wanted to get on with the next phase of our lives.”

It is an­tic­i­pated that the new own­ers will be­gin op­er­at­ing the taxi in April.

Driver ap­pli­ca­tions for both Myrtle­ford and Mt Beauty close on Fe­bru­ary 15.

You can email jd­weiven­tures@ gmail.com or call 0421040980 for more in­for­ma­tion or to ex­press your in­ter­est.

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