Council considers community transport
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.
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