Ready to transport visitors
WORD of mouth is a powerful thing and this certainly proved true for Mossman resident Edward Pitt who is one of the new shuttle bus drivers at the new Mossman Gorge Centre.
“I heard it on the grapevine that the centre might be looking for bus drivers and so I applied and here I am today employed to drive the buses, it’s fantastic,” Mr Pitt said.
Before taking on his new role Mr Pitt was a carpenters’ foreman with the cairns Regional Council overseeing bridge building and repairs.
“I did that job for 21 years with the council but now it’s time for a change, for a new challenge,” Mr Pitt said.
“And I think once this centre becomes more well-known with the tourists and locals it will be a thriving.
“Also people can just come and have a coffee in this great bush setting or have a feed here, they don’t have to go for any tours or anything if they don’t want to . . . they can just sit here and watch the world go by for a couple of hours.”
At the moment buses being used to ferry people to the Gorge are run on normal fuel but when the new Eco-Buses arrive in September they will be electric only and there will be seven of them operating from the centre and each able to take 26 passengers.
The platform where people stand and wait for the vehicles is also raised to step-on height, similar to that of a train platform.
The buses will have roofs but the sides will be roll-ups so that the vehicle will be open. The controls of the bus and its driver will be in the middle of the 12 door vehicle.