Buslink battles for 'baby bonus' broods

An education program is being launched on the Sunshine Coast to encourage more 'baby bonus' children to catch the bus

Buslink battles for 'baby bonus' broods
Buslink battles for ‘baby bonus’ broods

By Sean Muir | August 13, 2012

Buslink Queensland (BLQ) is launching a new education program to encourage 'baby bonus' children to travel on school buses.

BLQ Finance Manager Andrew Hemer says the education program, School Bus Information Days, aims to reduce traffic congestion around Sunshine Coast schools and improve children's safety at school car parks.

"What we need to do is educate the kids to catch buses instead of using mum’s transport, clogging the network and the system,"Hemer says.

Buslink will officially launch the education program at the Mountain Creek State High School orientation day on August 31.

Hemer says Buslink will have an information booth and also give presentation to more than 200 students at the school.

At the information booth students will be provided with timetable information, code of conduct booklets, bus pass application forms,
and will be shown how to complete documentation. They will also be given Go Card information and computers will be available to assists parents with applications.

"We are actually going to take a couple of drivers down there as well and do a meet-the-driver type thing," Hemer says.

Hemer believes the program is the first of
its kind
in Queensland and is planned to continue throughout serviced areas on the Sunshine Coast and Gladstone next year.

BLQ have 125 TransLink funded buses operating on the Sunshine Coast for about 10,000 students each day.

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