Ovens Valley Electorate



Mr McCURDY (Ovens Valley) (14:36): My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask it on behalf of Joanne Mulvaney of Mount Beauty, who is concerned for the future of the Mount Beauty Taxi Service, which is the only form of public transport in the community. Currently the Mount Beauty Taxi Service assists in getting people to local doctor, podiatry and physio appointments et cetera. The Mount Beauty Taxi Service is an essential service in the community which does not generate enough income to provide a regular wage for the drivers. The owner has indicated that he will not be in a position to continue the taxi service in a normal manner but will continue to provide the vehicles, including maintenance, registration, insurance and taxi fees, to assist the local community or at least continue to have the service. Ninety per cent of the passengers are unable to walk beyond their front fence due to immobility so would not be able to walk to a pick-up point, for example, at the end of their street or a bus stop. I request that the minister work with the Mount Beauty community to establish the best way to keep the taxi service running before the service is lost forever. The current system is working but is unviable, and it would be a tragedy to lose this service for the Mount Beauty community.


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