Minister fails to answer questions about Sale buses
The Andrews Labor Government has refused a request for a review of Sale bus services as the town grows and demand on certain routes changes.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien recently called for a review in State Parliament.
Mr O’Brien has been working with the Wellington Shire and Littles Gippsland Coaches, which have been seeking a review given changes to the town.
“Unfortunately the Minister has now responded with a complete non-answer that references Regional Network Development Plan community consultations that occurred two years ago. This is not good enough - there is no point coming out to consult the community on what their transport needs are and then ignoring them altogether,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We are not asking for millions of dollars to be spent we are simply seeking a review of the existing routes in the town of Sale.”
Mr O’Brien said over recent times there has been growth to the north of Sale, the relocation of Sale Specialist School as well as the development of a new aged care facility in Glenhaven Park estate and an extension to our bus services is needed now more than ever.
“With the move of the Sale library to the new Port of Sale centre and other residential developments out along Sale-Maffra Road as well as an expected influx of families with the RAAF Base expansion there is a need to review the current offerings,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We have numerous young people in our community who use the bus to get to and from work, as well as many elderly people who do not drive and use public transport to get to and from appointments.
“Once again, we see the city-centric Andrews Labor Government ignoring the Sale community.
“It’s time Labor treated Gippsland more seriously and gave us the services we need.”
Mr O’Brien said he would continue to work with bus providers and the Wellington Shire to seek improvements to local bus services.