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Long running bus campaign proves successful

By Ed Hackenberg

A community driven campaign for better bus services in Bli Bli has proven successful, with the local 612 service to be extended.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie, who has been lobbying on behalf of residents for the past four years, said the many letters and petition to the Minister had finally paid off.

“Locals first raised the issue of poor public transport access with me in 2018, and since then, we’ve been constantly calling on the State Government to improve access,” Mr Purdie said.

“Bli Bli is one of the fastest growing suburbs on the coast and home to large numbers of seniors and young families who rely on public transport.

“We were told it was a priority in 2019, but it took a petition and countless letters to the Minister before he finally acknowledged the needs of this rapidly growing population.

“While the extension of the service is long overdue, I am pleased the collective voice of our local community has been heard, and I thank locals for their support.”

Bli Bli Community Association representative and local real estate agent Ed Hackenberg said the community had been crying out for better bus services and would welcome this announcement.

“This is great news for our local community, many of whom have no other form of transport and rely heavily on the local bus service,” Mr Hackenberg said. “In a community like Bli Bli, having a reliable bus service is essential.”

Halcyon Lakeside homeowner Dan Penman said the extension of the bus route to go past the gated community was long awaited news, and would benefit many homeowners who don’t have access to a car.

“It’s not always convenient to rely on neighbours and busy families for a lift to the local businesses or shops so this frequent service should give them more independence,” Mr Penman said.

“Our appreciation goes out to all those who have continued to raise this issue over these last few years. Thank you, a wonderful result.”

Mr Purdie said the extension to the existing 612 route, which runs from Nambour to Maroochydore via Bli Bli, will include new stops along Parklakes Drive, to complete a circuit of Yandina Bli Bli Road and Parklakes Drive.

This will ensure many homes in Parklakes, including Halcyon, will now be within walking distance of a bus stop.

It will also means the service will run every 60 minutes, seven days a week.

“For the many locals who rely on public transport, this is a significant outcome, and one that the community expect and deserve.”

Mr Purdie and local Bli Bli residents.

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