Mayor keen on free sum­mer bus

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

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.

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