Mayor keen on free summer bus
A FAILED motion by Town of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon for a free summer bus service could be back on the table in the New Year.
The proposed trial Clipper service, which would link West Leederville and Wembley with Bold Park pool, the Wembley Golf Course mini-golf, City Beach and Floreat beaches and Perry Lakes skate park and Floreat Forum shops, was rejected by most councillors at the November meeting.
The intention was also to reduce parking issues in each area and promote the Town’s facilities.
Ms Shannon said the service was suggested to her by a resident and she thought it was a good idea.
“I thought it would get kids to the beach and offer them a bit of independence,” she said.
“It was mentioned by a councillor that there was no business plan for it, but you don’t need one for a free service.
“It was disappointing that it was voted down.”
She said the estimated $35,000 to operate the service was a reasonable cost.
The Local Government Act allows councillors to resubmit a motion after three months, which Ms Shannon said she planned to do, as early as February.
“I will put it up again,” she said.
“Maybe next time, there will be more lead-up time in case there are calls for another report.”
The Town received a $10,200 grant from the Department of Local Government in 2001 for a similar service, but it was scrapped by the council after only 12 people used it from January 28 to February 25.