Mayor Jack Dempsey has written to Transport Minister Mark Bailey seeking more funds for public transport in the Bundaberg Region.
“Council has received many enquiries in relation to the need for increased public transport, particularly in the area of bus services, across the Bundaberg Region,” he says in the letter.
“As you would be aware, our demographic characteristics such as low family income, high median age and other socio-economic conditions mean that public transport plays an incredibly important role in allowing the community to function effectively.
“I understand you would have many demands from other regional areas, but I ask if consideration could be given to increasing the budget allocation for the Bundaberg Region in light of our specific circumstances.”
Mayor Dempsey said the local bus companies and drivers do a great job.
“The service they deliver is fantastic; we just need more of them and that requires government investment,” he said.
“I've had many community members say to me they struggle to make appointments because there aren't enough services.
“Nearly a quarter of our residents are on some kind of pension, which means they often can't afford to own a vehicle.
“They rely on public transport to go shopping, see medical professionals and so forth.”
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