BUS FORUM: Betty Stone, Mayor Rachel Chambers, Andrew Marshall and Jenny Little at Monday's North Burnett Transport Service annual forum at Biggenden.
BUS FORUM: Betty Stone, Mayor Rachel Chambers, Andrew Marshall and Jenny Little at Monday's North Burnett Transport Service annual forum at Biggenden.

Oldies appreciate support of bus drivers

THE North Burnett Transport Service Annual Forum held in Biggenden highlighted the overwhelming appreciation of the service’s bus drivers.

Attending Monday’s meeting North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers said what I got was an overwhelming appreciation for our bus drivers.

“They know each one of us and they know what our needs are,” she said.

“It’s so lovely to have their care when you’re old”.

“They have such patience”.

Jenny Little of Biggenden also gave a wrap to the drivers

“They look after us old people,” she said.

Of the forum Mayor Rachel Chambers said she expected a fair few more requests for time, day or destination changes.

Ms Little suggested the council may like to trial a bus to take in the markets in the region or a weekend.

It was also suggested the Friday bus to Maryborough could be patronised more if it was a Thursday due to the Heritage City markets.

Catherine Reid of Translink gave a history of the service which has seen patronage double since it was instigated in 2006.

“This service is 100 per cent subsidised by the State Government and contracts are up for renewal next year,” she said.

Organisers were looking for feedback from the users asking do we do it well or could we do it better.

Ms Reid said we need to find the best fit for the majority of travellers.

NBRC’s bus officer Peta Weier said the service was important to the community

This was supported by those in attendance, some had hopped on the bus from the North Burnett to come along to the forum.


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