Locals show support for review of Yarrawonga bus service
4 July 2019
Yarrawonga locals had an opportunity earlier this week to provide feedback on the local bus service at a drop-in session organised by Tim McCurdy, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley.
Mr McCurdy said a number of community members have raised concerns regarding the Flexiride Transport Service which replaced the Yarrawonga and Mulwala town bus network service in late 2013.
“Flexiride is painted as a public transport on demand – it has no fixed route and travels to the stops you request,” Mr McCurdy said.
“But here in Yarrawonga and Mulwala it is a system that is not well understood and is looked upon basically as a taxi service.
“It doesn’t seem to be meeting the needs of the community.”
Mr McCurdy said that after receiving some initial concerns regarding the bus service, a session was organised to gather more information from the community, gauge the extent of the issue and discuss some possible solutions.
“The session was very well attended and I would really like to thank everyone that took some time out of their day to come along,” he said.
“I have also received feedback through social media and direct contact with my office which is always appreciated.”
Mr McCurdy said one of the issues that came up quite a bit was the lack of a bus service for school children.
“Parents are concerned about their children trying to cross the busy Murray Valley Highway to get to school,” he said.
“They strongly feel a town bus service could alleviate that worry and get their kids to school safely.”
Mr McCurdy said he will be writing to the Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne, to discuss an opportunity for him to meet with Public Transport Victoria on site in Yarrawonga to look at options for the community.
“I’m continuing to receive feedback on this matter, so if there is anyone who didn’t get to attend the session, please feel free to contact my office or get in touch via email or social media,” he said.