Changes to North Burnett regional coach services
NORTH Burnett coach services linking the region to Wide Bay will change from January 1, 2015.
Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan said the North Burnett Regional Council's successful bid to offer a reliable and integrated bus service for the region was a community win.
"It's been a culmination of a lot of years' work by myself and members of the mainly Mundubbera community," Cr Whelan said.
"With Sandra Schultz, president of the Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary, we identified many years ago the challenges people have in getting to specialist appointments in Bundaberg and Brisbane."
Council's bid came after the Queensland government reviewed long distance bus services in 2013 and put all government-subsidised coach routes to competitive tender this year.
Their bid was based on the successful micro-bus service pioneered by Mundubbera's Jena Boran Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, which served as a pilot for similar services in regional Queensland.
Buses with up to 20 seats were a "workable option for rural and regional areas", she said.
"We're extremely happy with what we have been able to achieve with the government and Translink.
"If we run a reliable service, people will actually use it.
"It will depend on usage of those buses, if we can prove we don't have enough seats, we may be able to negotiate more with Translink."
How to book
From January 1, 2015 bookings for all routes can be made with North Burnett Regional Council offices or call 1300 696 272. Bus drivers will also be able to issue tickets.
Until December 31, 2014 these coach service bookings should be made with the current operators:
- Callide Coaches, 4992 2558: Monto - Mundubbera; Mundubbera - Maryborough
- Jena Boran ATSI Corporation, 4165 4236, and Callide Coaches, 4992 2558: Mundubbera - Bundaberg
- G & S Shultz, 4165 7200: Monto-Ceratodus.
Changes to regional coach services from January 1, 2015
What are the changes?
The Monto-Ceratodus service will operate on demand and connect with the Eidsvold-Bundaberg (via Mt Perry) service. Both services will change from Thursdays in 2014 to Wednesdays from 2015.
The Monto-Mundubbera service will operate on demand and connect with the Mundubbera-Maryborough service. It will run on a Friday to better match passenger demand.
Biloela will no longer be serviced via this network due to declining passenger demand. However passengers may travel to Biloela by the Toowoomba-Rockhampton service operated by Toowoomba Transit (3802 1233, www.busqld.com.au)
The Mundubbera-Bundaberg service will continue to operate on Tuesday and Thursday.
For more information about regional coach, air and rail services: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/regionalconnect.