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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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