Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

UBER wants to launch in cen­tres such as Townsville, but says it needs gov­ern­ment co- op­er­a­tion.

The pri­vate taxi com­pany will roll out in Townsville for one day on Fri­day, de­liv­er­ing ice cream in an at­tempt to woo sup­port.

Uber is only avail­able in Bris­bane and the Gold Coast and ex­pan­sion plans have met with op­po­si­tion from taxi com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ments na­tion­wide.

State gen­eral man­ager Mike Ab­bott called on res­i­dents to lobby their po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“We have no cur­rent plans to launch Uber in Townsville but we be­lieve we have a huge amount to of­fer,” he said.

“If read­ers would like to see Uber in Townsville, they should cer­tainly let their lo­cal state MP know.”

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper yesterday stood by the State Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion against the com­pany.

Ice cream will be de­liv­ered in ve­hi­cles and on foot from 11am to 5pm.

App users need the code ICECREAMOZ to

or­der their ice cream.

SO COOL: Te­nielle Stoltenkamp, Carly O’Con­nor and Jor­dan Do­nati are jump­ing on board the Uber ice cream band­wagon.

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