Inadequate transport causes woes
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
RUTH Meadwell does not get around much these days, thanks to advancing years and the dizzy spells she suffers.
But the main reason is a lack of public transport.
'The only transport is if I ring the RSL service in Rockhampton or the Senior Citizens Club to join their activities,' Mrs Meadwell, who lives near the Gladstone Golf Course, said yesterday.
She said as good as those services were, 'they are bound by rules and regulations as to when you can use them or the reasons you can use them'.
'Unless you are a clubby person and can join others in activities, there is little opportunity to do things if you are elderly.
'I can understand the young ones too when they complain that they can't get to the things that are going on ? the trouble is there is too much space between places.'
Mrs Meadwell, 81, suggested rather than introducing big gas-guzzling buses 'they can have smaller busses that are more passenger friendly that could go into the streets where people live.'
Her comments received sup-port from the Gladstone Aquatic Therapy Service's Carole Allan who said transport was a problem for people who were not clients of particular service groups, such as her own, which could supply transport to their members.
'For instance there is little transport available for people who might want to see a specialist in Rockhampton or Bundaberg,' she said.