Public meeting to tackle bus row

A PUBLIC meeting will be held next week to address community concern over Bombala’s new bus timetable.

Residents are invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, July 24, at the Bombala Community Centre, starting at 10.30am.

Two representatives from NSW TrainLink and the Regional Transport Co-Ordinator from Transport for NSW will be in attendance to hear concerns.

Bombala Shire Council general manager Ngaire McCrindle said council is aware of the community concern relating to recent changes to the TrainLink, formerly CountryLink, schedule.

The service previously departed Bombala Monday, Wednesday and Friday for Canberra travelling along the Monaro Highway through Nimmitabel and Cooma.

Recent changes to the schedule still see the service departing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Bombala, however, the service now travels via the Snowy River Way to Jindabyne, then into Cooma and onto Canberra.

“This has resulted in extended travel time to Canberra for residents in the Bombala local government area,” Ms McCrindle said.

People wanting to attend the meeting are asked to RSVP to Bombala Council Community Services on 6458 4620 by July 22.

Meanwhile, Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, says he is listening to the concerns that the Bombala community has raised in relation to countrylink bus service changes.

“There are a number of options available that will address some of these concerns and I am working through these alternatives with the Minister for Transport and NSW TrainLink,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I have maintained from the start that as the local member, I am happy to take on board the communities concerns to see what can be done to minimise any disruptions to the service that Bombala residents currently enjoy.

“It should be remembered that changes were made to greatly increase the number of passengers utilising the service, as the current NSW Trainlink service to Bombala was under patronised and was consequently at risk of closure.

“The changes were designed to provide long term security of the service into the future for the Bombala region.

“The changes would also make it possible to expand the service to a seven day service instead of a three day service in the future.

“As stated I will continue to work with the community to find a suitable outcome for everyone,” he said.

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