More Buses for the Bellarine
BCH welcomes todays news that more buses will be added across the Bellarine later this year.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville announced the news in Portarlington to a crowd of community members and Bellarine Community Health staff.
These changes will not only help residents connect with the local community and services, they will also give locals better access to Geelong and Melbourne via trains.
The four Bellarine bus routes will increase their weekend services, with three extra services each for Route 55 Ocean Grove via Barwon Heads, Route 56 Ocean Grove via Leopold, Route 60 St Leonards via Portarlington and Route 61 Drysdale via Clifton Springs/Leopold. Route 61 services will also be extended to include new stops at the Bayview Shopping Centre in Curlewis and on Centennial Boulevard.
More buses have long been a goal for the Northern Bellarine Transport Action Group (NBTAG), which formed in June 2015 with the support of Bellarine Community Health and its Healthy Communities Team.
Since then, NBTAG have been active champions for a better bus service, lobbying public transport planners and engaging the communities of Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards in this issue.
Most recently, NBTAG recruited over 100 locals to the ‘Use It or Lose It’ campaign, which asked locals to add their voice to the issue of public transport by getting on the bus.
BCH Healthy Communities Planner, Hilary Murchison, has supported NBTAG over the last 18 months.
Ms Murchison said, “The ‘Use It or Lose It’ campaign made it clear that there is great support for the bus service, so to see more buses is a great outcome for NBTAG and all our local communities.
It’s been great to support NBTAG in lobbying for better transport, which will support more of our local community to get active, stay involved and connect to the services they need. We look forward to seeing these changes put in place, and will continue to support NBTAG in their efforts for a strong public transport system for our communities.”
BCH CEO Shane Dawson and Healthy Communities Planner Hilary Murchison joined Lisa Neville MP and members of the Northern Bellarine Transport Action Group for the announcement of more bus services on the Bellarine.