While your BeCA representatives recently met with the Minister For Transport and Main Roads here in Bellvista, we were unaware of the massive cuts about to be made to Bellvista and Bells Reach’s Bus Services. On the contrary, the Minister announced an increase in bus services to our area. The reality is a marked decrease in availability to the most vulnerable of our community
Unbeknown to those of us meeting face to face with Minister Mark Bailey, that in the background 6 of our highly used bus stops were being dismantled in front of our eyes to just one stop each way on Bellvista Blvd meaning elderly residents would now be required to make a long and arduous trek both to and from the proposed new stops.
Instead of an increase in service, the elderly and others now have to trek distances through all weather to catch a bus.
Why would you worry about or even try to use the new services with such a long trek now required to and from the new single Bellvista Bus stop near the Bellvista Blvd/Dumbarton Drive roundabout?
The old Route 603 service will cease next Monday 25th March and be replaced by Route 606.
BeCA has contacted our Councillor, The Minister himself and local Labor Candidate Jason Hunt to at least try to persuade State Government to include the recently excluded stops back into route 606.
Local Liberal MP Mark McArdle proposes a Public Forum for Saturday May 18th at the Power Boat Club and urges all to get along and protest.
BeCA remains concerned as to why a Public Forum designed to attack a Labor decision has been held off until May 18th. BeCA believes a Public Forum on April 18th is still too far away and would love to know why the May date has been selected. BeCA welcomes the comment from our local MP Mark McArdle available via the link below. BeCA will leave it to Bellvista residents as to a reason why this late date in May has been chosen.
You can read more here about the McArdle Forum: HERE
BeCA urges everyone available to attend the McArdle Forum and protest loudly and strongly. Hopefully the May 18th date won’t be too late. Even the developer Stockland have been blindsided by the Government’s actions.
Hopefully common sense will prevail, the Minster will see the error of the proposal’s ways and changes will be made ensuring our current bus service is retained and even improved for the benefit of ALL Bellvista and Bells Reach residents.
We would also urge residents who depend on this bus service to write to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads on the email address below and express your concerns.
Mark Bailey MP. Minister for Transport & Main Roads firstname.lastname@example.org