Travel in comfort

Queensland children are benefiting from the Queensland Government School Bus Upgrade Scheme

Travel in comfort
Travel in comfort

Midge Point Bus Service owners Jeff and Annette Lade, with their new bus, Bloomidge

November 22, 2013

Children in the Midge Point/Bloomsbury are some of those to benefit from the Queensland Government School Bus Upgrade Scheme.

The scheme aims to speed up the introduction of safer buses into school bus fleets and has allowed local operator Midge Point Bus Service to purchase a new coach.

Owner Jeff Lade says the purchase of the new bus wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of the government.

The latest addition to the fleet will be used to transport primary and secondary school students between Midge Point, Bloomsbury, O’Connell River and Laguna Keys.

"The School Bus Upgrade Scheme was vitally necessary for us to continue our school bus operations," Lade says.

"The new bus allows us to operate our school runs and charter services for schools with improved reliability, meaning we can expect less downtime and fewer repairs.

"It’s larger than our last vehicle, seats more children, and the air-conditioning is an added bonus that makes the journey more comfortable for students, and with the personalised stickers, the children feel proud of their school bus."

TransLink Deputy Director-General Stephen Banaghan says the funding assistance provided to the school bus operator will have direct benefits for school children and their families in the area.

"The School Bus Upgrade Scheme provides funding assistance to operators in rural and country areas to upgrade their fleet," Banaghan says.

"All vehicles funded under the scheme are built to contemporary safety standards, meaning children across Queensland can benefit from a comfortable and even safer bus to and from school."

The Department of Transport and Main Roads writes to operators each school year, calling for applications for funding towards the purchase of a new bus in the coming financial year.

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