MURRAY Bridge and Mid Murray council areas now have access to a State Government-funded community passenger network similar to what is currently being offered in the Coorong and Mallee regions.
Funded by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Murray Transport Connections has been run as a collaboration between the councils since July 2.
Karyn Baker has been coordinating and building the network in its infancy, and said the network was achieving increasing interest.
“Our role is really to provide a one-stop shop for transport information,” she said.
“We’ve only just started so we need to build up slowly and in response to what the community needs are.”
The network was formed after a committee spent nine months researching the needs of the community and found that many residents lacked information about available transport services.
“As with any other regional area there are gaps in services, and that’s due to distance and logistics and the fact that we don’t have the population mass to necessarily support a really good public transport system,” Ms Baker said.
“I would say that at this stage their frustrations aren’t going to change overnight.
“What I’m really keen to do is work with existing services to support them so if there are identified gaps then we can work together to see how we can best build those.”
Unlike some other community passenger networks such as the Murray Mallee Comm-unity Transport Scheme, the service does not provide volunteer drivers.
“Because we are a brand new service, one of the differences between us and some of the more well established community passenger networks is that we don’t have any transport resources at this stage,” said Ms Baker.
In the mean time, the service will be developing a transport-specific website with information for the community over the coming year.
– Details: To contact Murray Transport Connections, call 1300 190 869, 0407 445 833 or email [email protected]
Filling a service gap: Karyn Baker coordinates a new community passenger network, finding transport solutions for residents in Murray Bridge and the Mid Murray.
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