Town’s fury at cuts to bus ser­vice

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

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.

JAMES KITTO

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