Local MP Mark McArdle has assisted in the launching of a petition aimed at reopening the former Route 603 bus stops which were closed when Route 603 was replaced by Route 606. The bus stops closed are in Bellvista (Stornaway Ave, Lomond Cres and 2 stops in O’Reilly Drive) and Bells Reach (Indigo Rd and Bells Reach Drive).
2 replacement stops have been created in Bellvista Blvd. Whereas the 6 closed stops ensured bus riders had a much shorter walk, the new stops require most patrons to walk some distance. It is now quite a long walk especially for the elderly and those with a disability.
There was no consultation on this issue with the local community.
The petition can be signed at Bellcarra Retirement Resort Reception, the office of The Positive Property People and the Bellvista Medical Centre. The last two venues are situated in Bellvista Market Place.’
There is also an ‘online version’ allowing you to voice your disapproval over bus stop closures online. The online version begins:
“Electors of the Division of Caloundra draws to the attention of the House the fact that Translink has introduced new Bus Route 606 to Caloundra. As part of this new service significant changes were made to the existing Bus Route 603. Route 603 originally had six (6) bus stop locations to service the areas the community knows as Bellvista and Bells Reach, which Translink refers to as Caloundra West. All six (6) existing stops in this area have been removed from Route 603 and Translink has provided one (1) new bus stop on Bus Route 606. This means older and vulnerable people from this area now have to walk much longer distances to catch a bus.
Your petitioners therefore request the House to reinstate the six (6) bus stop locations in Bellvista and Bells Reach, so they are included on either the new Bus Route 606 or on the altered Route 603.”
Click HERE to access the online version.