Wheels finally turning in Baringa’s school bus fight

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today congratulated the Baringa community for their perseverance as the long fight for a school bus service looks set, finally, for a win with the Palaszczuk Labor Government having to be dragged to the table to see common sense.

“My office received a phone call from Buslink on the morning of July 22 advising that a new school bus service had been approved. It will extend into Baringa and take students from the area to Meridan State College,” Mr McArdle said.

School bus supporters gathered at the May 18, 2019 Bus Forum

School bus supporters gathered at the May 18, 2019 Bus Forum

“We have also been advised the new service ‘Route 5737’, will travel from Unity College to Baringa State Primary School then to Meridan College and back, and will begin on 9 September. We now need to wait for more details to be announced by Buslink but this is excellent news in a long fought battle by this community.

“Congratulation to everyone who has lent their voices to this issue, in particular Principal Petitioner Jamie Broderick. No one gave up, no one backed down and now Baringa’s most important residents, children, will have their school bus.”

Baringa’s State High School is not set to open until the 2021 school year leaving students to commute to other schools in the catchment including Meridan State College. However, the existing school bus service stops only at Unity College forcing students to walk upwards for 5km to catch their bus. Mr McArdle sponsored Mrs Broderick’s petition and held a community forum on 18 May in which Buslink representatives finally committed to working with parents to find a solution.

“It is incomprehensible that the Palaszczuk Labor Government opened Baringa State Primary School but leaving grade seven students without a school bus service to attend grade 7,” Mr McArdle said.

“It is sad that it took a community forum and countless hours of communication to get the State Government to see that Baringa’s children need a safe, reliable bus service to get them to school.

“Needless to say, the wheels are finally turning and soon these student will have their bus,” Mr McArdle concluded.