Push for better weekend bus services in Gladstone

GLADSTONE resident Melanie Carolyn says there should be buses on weekends everywhere.

"(For) Teenagers wanting to go to the beach for the day, it would keep them busy...." part of a post from Ms Carolyn read.

Public transport was a hot topic on The Observer's Facebook page on the weekend, after a story featured 72-year-old Gladstone pensioner Bill Collins, who was stuck at home on weekends because he can't drive.

The State Government is refusing to fund the route, leaving BusLink unable to afford running the weekend services.

The story was shared on Facebook, with the top comment posted by Davydd Cunningham, who asked: "There's public transport in Gladstone?"

Another reader, Michelle Edgar, wrote about her experience with the public transport network after moving closer to the Gladstone CBD because she could no longer afford to pay her car registration.

She suggested more services would mean more people using public transport. She took aim at the State Government for not funding a better system.

"At the end of the day, it simply comes down to dollars - and the ruling appears to be: even though Gladstone and its industry bring in huge dollars for the local and State Government, apparently some of those dollars aren't worth spending on the people who supply those dollars......" she wrote.

BusLink manager Brett Wilkins on Friday said if people wanted more services the first step was to make a formal submission to request funding.

"If people want weekend services then let's have a show of hands.

"Then we can start to look at all of the options," Mr Wilkins said.



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