State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today sponsored a community-led petition calling on the State Government to reinstate the six bus stops that were closed in Bellvista and Bells Reach as part of the introduction of Bus Route 606 in March.
“The Bellvista and Bells Reach community have been left stunned by a decision to close six bus stop locations in the local area with many only learning of the change when the fronted the closed stop locations on 25 March,” Mr McArdle said.
“To provide a very simple overview of the situation, Translink introduced new Bus Route 606 to Caloundra and as part of this new service significant changes were made to the existing Bus Route 603.
“Route 603 originally had six bus stop locations to service the areas of Bellvista and Bells Reach, but these six stops have been removed from Route 603 and one new bus stop was introduced on Bus Route 606. This means there is only one public bus stop servicing this community.”
Principal Petitioner and Bellvista Resident David Thomson said the bus stop closures are already having a significant impact on the lives of many people in the community.
“My wife Robyn and I have decided to launch a petition calling on the State Government to reopen the bus stops they have closed in the Bellvista area – particularly around the Bellcarra Retirement Village where people are getting older and rely heavily on public transport,” Mr Thomson said.
“Because of the bus stop closures I, along with other people in the Village have started volunteering to take residents to the shops and their doctor’s appointments as they can no longer walk to the bus stop,” Mr Thomson concluded.
“The closures of these stops means older and vulnerable people from this area now have to walk much longer distances to catch a bus. This is a devastating blow to a person’s independence when they rely on public transport,” Mr McArdle said.
“For the sake of everyone in Bellvista and Bells Reach I am hoping for some common sense, with the bus stops reopening quickly,” Mr McArdle concluded.
The petition can be signed in person at the Caloundra Electorate Office at 1/20 Ormuz Ave Caloundra and online at https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=3116