Get On Board

Recently I called upon Translink to conduct a dedicated and critical review of bus services from Noosa to the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) in Birtinya, to match service improvements made to southern Sunshine Coast public bus networks.

Whilst I appreciate that Translink has improved timetable connectivity between the Noosa to Maroochydore service and the Maroochydore to SCUH service, the fact remains the return journey from Noosa without waiting between buses is still at least 3.5 hours long and involves 4 different buses.

This state-of-the-art facility has been designed and built to serve the entire Sunshine Coast region and beyond, and to isolate patients and carers who live at Noosa, Peregian Springs, Eumundi and Doonan is a potential gross failure of both Queensland Health and the Transport Department, when you consider that to drive yourself would take just 45 minutes or less.

I have written directly to Ministers for Transport and Health urging them to work together to develop a solution that will prevent the inevitable scenario of vulnerable and frail Noosa Electorate passengers who are reliant on buses, and left without access to either efficient public transport or the public health system.

There is no point teetering around the edges and shaving 5 or 10 minutes off the current round trip, I believe the solution is to introduce an express service direct from Noosa to the new health hub, at least twice a day so that those visiting loved ones can get there and get home in half the time, at half the cost, without needing to transfer buses.

If you would like to see a direct service from Noosa to SCUH please support me by visiting www.glenelmes.com and answering the simple yes or no question.

SCUH is scheduled to open in April 2017 and while this isn’t a problem now, it will be then. A direct service from Noosa to the hospital is an operational cost to Queensland Health and the Transport Department and between the two of them the funds must be found.

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