Transit Australias latest acquisition: Magnetic Island Bus Service

By: Chris Smith


Transit Australia’s latest acquisition is the Magnetic Island Bus Service, based in far north Queensland. Thea Eastwood, who operated the company

Transit Australia’s latest acquisition is the Magnetic Island Bus Service, based in far north Queensland.

Thea Eastwood, who operated the company for more than 30 years, gained many awards and was recognised for her achievements in 2005 by being an inductee into Townsville Enterprises' Tourism Hall of Fame in 2005.

Transit Australia's Managing Director for Strategic Planning and Development, Megan Harkin, says the attraction to Magnetic Island is due to Townsville's strong tourist market.

"One of the benefits (of Transit owning MI Bus Service) is that we have a very good resource base including our board of directors, fleet managers, a service Implementation Manager in Townsville, marketing teams, route planning and other resources from which a small network can only benefit."

Importantly for Magnetic Island employment Harkin stressed that there is no intention to cut staff numbers and in the meantime it is "business as usual".

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