Bright new bus idea

Hol­i­day park own­ers back sug­ges­tion for new ser­vice

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

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.”

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