First Council Cab off the rank
  • Thursday 29 April 2010

The first passengers to use Sunshine Coast Council’s new transport service, Council Cabs, will take a shopping trip to Nambour on Friday.

Council Cabs kicks off on 4 May, giving residents with disabilities and the over-60s a new transport service from their front door to the nearest shopping centre for a fixed fare of $2 each way.

A trial run will take passengers from their homes to Nambour Plaza on Friday to test the new service before it becomes a fixture on the Coast.

Once up and running, Council Cabs will operate at 19 designated areas throughout the Sunshine Coast, taking passengers to centres such as Beerwah Marketplace, Stockland Caloundra, Kawana Shoppingworld, Sunshine Plaza and Noosa Civic.

Carers and children of people with disabilities are also welcome to use the service, which is wheelchair-friendly.

Eligible passengers can pre-book a Council Cab once a week by phoning the provider, Suncoast Cabs on 1300 139 433.

Integrated Transport Systems Councillor Vivien Griffin urged as many residents as possible to use the new service, which is funded through the Public Transport Levy.

“While we know there is a need for this in the community, the success of Council Cabs will depend on the number of people who use it,” she said.

“My hope is that it will be valued for not only giving people a better transport option, but preventing them from feeling socially isolated by opening up new avenues for meeting other passengers on their regular shopping trips.”

Council Cabs will service the following areas during the trial:

Catchment Service Centre Proposed Drop Off / Pick Up Location
Beerwah Beerwah Marketplace
Buderim Buderim Marketplace
Caloundra Stockland Caloundra
Coolum Shopping Centre on Birtwell Street
Cooroy Emerald Street
Currimundi Currimundi Marketplace
Kawana Kawana Shoppingworld
Landsborough Shopping Centre on Maleny Road
Maleny Maple Street
Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza
Montville Main Street
Nambour Lowe Street
Noosa Heads Noosa Junction
Noosaville Noosa Civic
Pacific Paradise Centro North Shore
Peregian Peregian Springs Shopping Centre
Pomona Memorial Avenue
Sippy Downs Chancellor Park Marketplace
Tewantin Poinciana Avenue

Passengers must call 1300 139 433 to book their place.

For any other enquiries, including eligibility criteria, phone 5475 7272.