Town’s fury at cuts to bus service
THE rural town of Oatlands “will be economically challenged” by a cut to the area’s bus service, a community group warns.
A 176-signature petition will be tabled in State Parliament today by Labor MP Jen Butler calling on the Government to reverse its Project 2018 strategy, which cut bus services connecting Oatlands and Hobart.
Ms Butler said Oatlands’ morning bus service and two 5.30pm weekday services to Hobart were cut.
“The service leaves a very restricted window for people to access appointments with doctors, specialists and other services that they rely on, and makes it almost impossible for jobseekers,” she said.
Oatlands Community Association President Karen Mathieson said the transport cuts would leave the town economically challenged.
“How can you expect people to get a job and show up for work without an adequate means of transport?” she said.
The State Government was contacted for comment.