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Urgent call for extensive review of Shepparton’s bus services

The Nationals member for Shepparton District Kim O’Keeffe called for an extensive review of bus services in the Shepparton region this week in Parliament.

Directing the call-out to public and active transport minister Gabrielle Williams, O’Keeffe says the current services do not meet the region’s growth and increased demand.

“The Shepparton District has experienced significant growth, and it is clear that our bus services are not adequate,” O’Keeffe says.

“It is essential that the Minister address this issue promptly to ensure our community has access to reliable and efficient public transport.”

Since the last review was conducted 15 years ago, the Shepparton region has seen substantial population growth and new housing estates in Kialla, Congupna, and Shepparton East still lack connection to bus routes.

Public consultation began in February for the Shepparton South East Precinct Structure Plan, which will add up to 2,500 homes and accommodate a population of more than 6,000 people.

The need for bus services to this new precinct will be necessary.

“The community needs accessible public transport, and it is so important that public transport options are viable and meet the needs of our growing population,” she says.

The Dyson Bus Group is expanding and currently constructing a new state-of-the-art bus depot which will serve as a hub for the maintenance and repair of over 300 regional buses, removing the need to transport damaged buses to Melbourne.

O’Keeffe recently met with Dysons depot manager Greg Fitzsimmons and regional operations manager Roy Dyson, who expressed their frustration at the lack of progress in reviewing and expanding the region’s bus services.

“Despite Dysons’ significant investment in the region, there has been no progress on a much-needed review,” O’Keeffe says.

“I urge the Minister to prioritise this review and to support Dysons bus transport so they can expand and progress their business and services in line with the region’s demand.”

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