Brock calls inquiry into country transport services

INQUIRY: Port Pirie-based Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock has launched an inquiry into bus services.

INQUIRY: Port Pirie-based Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock has launched an inquiry into bus services.

Country bus services have come under scrutiny in an inquiry called by Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock.

The review within the electorate will cover towns including Gladstone, Crystal Brook, Port Broughton and Laura.

It will look at the availability of volunteers to drive school, hospital and senior citizens’ buses.

Mr Brock, who is Regional Development MInister, said residents had called at his office in Port Pirie to raise questions about lack of transport in regional areas.

“I have asked for a review of all transport in the electorate. Are the bus services fully used? If they are idle at times, could they be used for outlying areas?” he said.

“We have these buses in service and they are operated by volunteer drivers who do a fantastic job, but it is becoming harder to find volunteers. We need to look at the cost to various organisations, depreciation of vehicles and insurance costs.”

The study is being done by Bus SA, an association representing bus services, after a request by Mr Brock to Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan.

A similar study in the Victorian town of Warrnambool led to an integrated service for transporting disadvantaged people.

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