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No end to bus stop debate

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December 13, 2017

(nagambiebus131217) The Nagambie bus stop was relocated to the train station from High St in August and locals are still outraged.

The Nagambie bus stop saga continues after a community meeting held last Wednesday night.

The bus stop was relocated to the train station from High St in August and people are still outraged.

It is believed the relocation of the bus stop has forced people who use the service to find other modes of transport.

V/line say they stopped the service on High St to assist Strathbogie Shire Council with their streetscape plans for the town.

The meeting was established for council and V/line to hear the concerns of coach users in the town.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren, Deputy Mayor John Mason and Nagambie Lakes ward councillor Deb Swan were all in attendance.

Locals including Norm Cahill, Teresa Hall, Marlene Brew, Jessica Ray, Diane Grant and Gladys Parris, presented their concerns about the relocation and how it has affected them.

‘‘I believe the centre of town is a better choice, as the town is so scattered and does not meet the needs of everyone,’’ Ms Ray said.

‘‘I suggest a volunteer minibus could be booked and could pick up travellers at a designated stop, or have a town bus, with government grants sought to fund this.

‘‘Nagambie has an ageing population and may be unable to drive.’’

Other concerns included the station being isolated, with lack of toilets, footpaths, security and shelter.

Ideas for action for the meeting include: approaching Nagambie Healthcare to see if people could utilise the community bus, continuing lobbying for the High St stop to be reconsidered, car pooling from a central point to the station, roster of volunteer drivers to get the elderly around, even to Seymour and Shepparton or a local bus run which travels to and from Shepparton once a week.

In a statement from Mayor McClaren, she said there were positive discussions on how the community, especially the elderly can be better supported in the future.

‘‘The community was pleased to hear council are holding a drop-in session in Nagambie to provide residents with information about a variety of infrastructure projects, including the relocation of the V/Line bus stop,’’ she said.

The drop-in session will take place tomorrow at Harry’s Cafe, High St, Nagambie from 4-pm to 6pm.

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