Junortoun community disappointed in bus network changes
“Left out of the network” says Action Group
The Junortoun Community Action Group has expressed its disappointment at the proposed changes to the Bendigo Bus Network. Action Group committee member, Kevin de Vries, says the changes are a missed opportunity to improve bus services for Junortoun residents.
“In our 2012 community survey the residents of Junortoun identified the importance of improved bus services. We are disappointed that the proposed changes to the bus network do nothing to improve public transport in our suburb.” Mr de Vries said. “We have been left out of the Bendigo network”.
“By ignoring the needs of workers, young people, elderly people, unemployed people and university students in Junortoun, PTV is entrenching a car-dependent culture in this growing residential suburb. There are hundreds of houses being built in our suburb as part of McIvor Forest Estate and surrounding subdivisions. These residents will not have access to a regular bus service to connect them with Bendigo.”
Mr de Vries appealed for Junortoun residents to make their opinions known to PTV during the community consultation process. “The PTV is asking for community feedback over the next two weeks. We are urging the people of Junortoun to let PTV know how much they want a connection to a comprehensive bus network in Bendigo.”
Details of the proposed changes and links to an online feedback survey can be found at: www.ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/buses/proposed-bus-network-for-bendigo/