End of the line for Monto bus

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NEXT week marks the end of an era for a North Bur­nett bus that has trans­ported stu­dents who live in ru­ral and re­mote prop­er­ties sur­round­ing Monto to and from school for gen­er­a­tions.

The school bus route through Se­lene, Ka­paldo, An­yarrow and Goolga, orig­i­nally op­er­ated by Frank Price, has been a fix­ture in the district since 1946.

The run holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of many fam­i­lies in the district, who have seen their chil­dren and then grand­chil­dren use it to travel to school.

This year, the run was used by just 14 stu­dents and lo­cals sus­pected that sooner or later the 72-year jour­ney would come to an end.

The trip on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, will be its last, after a de­ci­sion was made to amal­ga­mate smaller bus runs in the re­gion so that school trans­port can re­main vi­able.

Cur­rent op­er­a­tors Matthew and Tracey Pat­tie are throw­ing a farewell af­ter­noon tea for all stu­dents and par­ents, past and present, who have trav­elled on the bus.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to bring a plate to the Pat­ties’ Ka­paldo Rd prop­erty next Fri­day from 3.30pm.

Please RSVP be­fore Oc­to­ber 15 by call­ing 4167 2229.

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