As we already know, nobody at any level in transport services in local government or members of the affected community here in Caloundra West on the Sunshine Coast were consulted prior to the decision to close 4 bus stops in Bellvista and 2 bus stops in Bells Reach, formerly Bus Run 603 which serviced Bellvista & Bells Reach well for the past 10 years plus until this Monday 25th March.
Not a single word, not even at a face to face meeting with the Minister for Transport & Main Roads on the day the new 606 Bus Run to service Baringa was announced publicly via media outlets.
Whilst we at BeCA are all working hard in the background trying to get some sort of equitable resolution to this debacle, we have been advised to ask our whole community to support those who really need this now defunct bus run.
We as a community have shown in the past that when presented with a challenge, we can stand together as one and fight for a better outcome, now is the time to stand up again and do what we do best.
Even if you or your family don’t use the buses, we need everyone’s help to support those in our community who do depend on this form of public transport for their everyday needs, those who have been severely disadvantaged by this disgraceful decision.
Here is the first and most important way you can help. Click on the link below which will take you to TransLink’s customer feedback page on their website. Yes, it may be a tedious exercise, but we need to have complaints/feedback lodged on their system to record accurate figures as to the extent of inconvenience and disgust this decision has caused those in our community. So please, start contacting them even if you have already done so via other means, make them listen.
The second thing you can do is attend a public forum being held by our State Member for Caloundra Mark Mc Ardle MP which is to be held on Saturday 18 May 10am – 12 noon at the Caloundra Power Boat Club, Golden Beach.
At this forum you will be able to further register your feedback with our State Member and others in attendance.
We would like to thank everyone who has already taken actions on this matter and encourage everyone to keep up the momentum, as one strong voice we may be able to effect some change to this inequitable situation.