Coun­cil con­sid­ers com­mu­nity trans­port

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY trans­port will bring our com­mu­ni­ties closer to­gether.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil’s re­cently re­leased Com­mu­nity Trans­port Report found a sig­nif­i­cant need for pas­sen­ger trans­port ser­vices.

The plan caters for those who can­not af­ford reg­u­lar use of com­mer­cial trans­port and peo­ple with spe­cific health or per­sonal needs, and for ar­eas not cov­ered by an af­ford­able trans­port op­tion.

As­trat­egy put for­ward was to use the coun­cil as the pri­mary co-or­di­na­tion point for book­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion and mon­i­tor­ing.

The report calls for mul­ti­ple lay­ers of trans­port to ser­vice each com­mu­nity as well as link towns in the North Bur­nett, and with broader re­gions and cen­tres.

This would in­volve car- pool­ing, sub­si­dies to ex­ist­ing trans­port providers and com­mu­nity cars.

Ac­cord­ing to the report, “it is clear that un­met needs can­not be met through a sin­gle trans­port ser­vice or so­lu­tion”.

The North Bur­nett is home to two com­mu­nity buses based at Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold that have run at ca­pac­ity since their in­tro­duc­tion.

The report found com­mu­nity-based trans­port ser­vices demon­strated con­sis­tently high rates of use.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt said plans for new ser­vices would not im­pinge on ex­ist­ing ser­vices.

“We want to main­tain the cur­rent ser­vices. We don’t want to see any more re­duc­tions,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt said the report was a frame­work that called for com­mu­nity feed­back.

“If we have some­thing like this report, we are ready for a submission (to State and Fed­eral Government fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that may arise),” he said.

■ What do you think of the need for com­mu­nity trans­port? Should it be a pri­or­ity for the coun­cil? Let us know at ed­i­to­rial@south­bur­nett

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