Buses will now run from 7.15 am to 6.15 pm weekdays in a near tripling of the town service.LIBBY PRICE July 2, 2014 3:15am
Bob Arthur and Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan celebrating the announcement of additional bus services in Benalla.
The number of bus services in Benalla is set to almost triple this month, from 22 weekly services to 60 as part of the Victorian Government’s boost to public transport across the state.
However, to accommodate the change four school bus routes will be merged into two, affecting the Upper Lurg and Upotipotpon runs.
From July 28, the town’s buses will operate from 7.15
Benalla Bus Lines manager Ray Schintler said the business had been lobbying for a full-time service since the town service was brought in 10 years ago.
‘‘This is the biggest change in our business and we’re hoping if the town supports it, we might be able to incorporate a Saturday service as well,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll have one of our buses running all day, with a second bus for the peak times of 7.15
Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said the extension to the running times was particularly beneficial.
‘‘Currently the network doesn’t start until 9
‘‘We are fortunate to have a bus service that is wheelchair accessible and is driven by terrific local people who understand the individual needs of different residents.’’
Labor candidate for Euroa Clare Malcolm welcomed any commitment that led to better services for the people of Benalla, but said that Labor had also consistently demonstrated its commitment to public transport services across the state.
‘‘This contrasts with the Coalition government’s expensive unwanted east-west link tunnel, which costs a lot but won’t do much for anyone in rural and regional Victoria,’’ she said.
Adjustments to pick-up and drop-off times in the school bus runs will be available from the school bus co-ordinator Malcolm Stewart at Benalla P-12 College’s Faithfull St campus.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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