Bright new bus idea
Holiday park owners back suggestion for new service
FORMER councillor Jason Reid has suggested the Alpine Shire look at a bus service to and from Bright from surrounding towns, to ease parking problems particularly during busy times.
Alpine Shire Council released its draft Bright Car Parking Plan late last month and is encouraging community feedback on its proposals to improve parking availability during peak periods.
Mr Reid said a bus service would result in less people, staying or living in nearby communities, having to drive into Bright.
“A place like Wangaratta has a bus service and we’re the size of Wangaratta in busy holidays times,” Mr Reid said.
“When its busy there’s 20,000 people in the region so you’d think a bus would have to work.
“I know it’s not council’s core business, but I would think maybe public transport should be, with the amount of people moving around and the lack of car parking it makes sense to look at alternatives.”
Mr Reid said services could run from each of the neighbouring communities Porepunkah, Harrietville and even Wandiligong.
“You just need the buy in from the people in those supporting towns,” Mr Reid said.
“If people know they’ve got public transport into the hub (Bright) it might mean more people stay in the smaller towns or they stay longer because they know that they can jump on a bus and not have to worry about finding a car park.
“It’s certainly worth a trial I think.”
Tourism operators in Porepunkah, where there are 3000-4000 guests staying across the town’s five holiday parks at the busiest times, have praised the idea.
Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park owner Cameron Blanchard said he would welcome a bus service.
“I think it would be great thing during the peak times,” he said.
“It definitely comes up at festival time when peo- ple are looking towards the shuttle bus so they can enjoy themselves and not have to worry about driving home.”
A bus service has previously been utilised during the Brighter Days festival on the Labour Day long weekend, an idea first suggested by Big4 Porepun- kah Holiday Park owner Sandra Duell.
She said there were many other occasions where a bus service would benefit visitors and locals.
“We had guests coming back here saying they couldn’t get parking in Bright and that a bus was needed,” Ms Duell said.
“We’ve had a bus during Brighter Days but Hot Rods is another event when it would be a great.
“Obviously from late December through to the end of January is the busiest time of the year, February weekends are busy, March is fairly busy, and April is the same as January.
“A bus would be good during the second week of the mid-year school holidays too and then once spring comes around for AFL grand final weekend and the NSW Labour Day weekend at the end of September start of October.
“I’d support it every inch of the way.”