- Thursday 25 June 2009
Sunshine Coast Council will join the State Government in sharing the cost of the Hinterland Connect bus service for another year after a successful trial period which started in December 2007.
In a 50-50 partnership with TransLink, council will inject $90,000 into the service to extend the trail for a further 12 months from 1 July.
Division Five Councillor, Jenny McKay, said that Council had gone to the effort of providing seed funding for the service to prove its viability, and it was great to see the State supporting that success with continued financial support.
“The trial has proven to be a success with patronage steadily increasing,” Cr McKay said
“Statistics show that the average weekly patronage of 1459 in 2007 had grown to 2251 users per week by December 2008.
“This kind of usage shows the need for a permanent service, beyond a trial, for the hinterland community. So it is pleasing to see that the State will use this extended trial period to investigate if the service can become a declared route as part of the TransLink network.
“I encourage the community to make use of the service so that this trial can gain permanent status – this kind of a service will not only support council’s commitment to increasing transport options on the Sunshine Coast but also support our vision of being a community that is sustainable.”
The Hinterland Connect service operates four trips per day, seven days per week between Nambour and Maleny.
“So why not leave the car at home and avoid the parking hassles – you never know, this service could help you to change your travel habits,” Cr McKay said.