O’Brien takes Sale bus service issues to Parliament
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has this week in Parliament called on the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan to instigate a review of local bus services around Sale and district.
Mr O’Brien backed calls from Wellington Shire Council which has been lobbying for a review of local bus services, along with local bus service, Little’s Gippsland Coaches, who have been in discussions with the government but have been getting nowhere on the issue.
“There are a number of issues in Sale that mean a review and likely changes to routes are needed. The Port of Sale redevelopment project, to which the State Government has contributed significant funding, will see the Sale library moved meaning the new library will not be serviced by a town bus service,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We have also seen considerable growth to the north of Sale, including the relocation of the Sale Specialist School, the development of a new aged-care facility in the Glenhaven Park estate and residential developments along Sale-Maffra Road, which is also not well serviced.
“The last review or change to Sale’s bus services occurred over 9 years ago and there has been considerable change since then, not least of which is the anticipated arrival of about another 150 families in town with the expansion of the East Sale RAAF base.”
Mr O’Brien said with the growth of Sale and district communities, along with an ageing population, the issues of bus services and public transport continue to grow.
“We have already seen this government ignore Sale when it comes to train services with the failure to include new services as part of the Gippsland line upgrade,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I call on the Minister to undertake a review into our local bus services as a matter of priority.”