A four-month summer bus service linking the towns of Colac, Birregurra, Barwon Downs, Forrest, Barramunga, Tanybryn, Skenes Creek, Apollo Bay and Marengo hit the road this month, thanks to the Brumby Labor Government.
Launching the service at the Visitor Centre in Apollo Bay today, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said a new bus service from Colac to Apollo Bay and Marengo would operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 11 April, 2010.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to provide more transport options to Victorians, and that’s why we are pleased to support the Colac to Apollo Bay and Marengo Transport Connections project,” Ms Tierney said.
“This service follows the successful trial of the Colac to Lorne summer service last year, and the regular Colac to Apollo Bay Wednesday service.
“The local population swells by more than 10,000 people during the summer months so this service will have benefits for residents, businesses and visitors to the area.
“For $14.20 return, it’s an economical way to travel for residents and tourists.”
“I encourage people to get on board and make it a huge success.”
The first bus leaves Colac at 7.10am and arrives in Marengo at 8.54am.
The last bus departs Marengo at 5.15pm and arrives back in Colac at 6.55pm.
Outside school holiday periods the Saturday and Sunday services are unchanged, but only one service will operate on a Friday – leaving Colac at 10.55am and departing Marengo for the return journey at 12.45pm.
Community Development Minister Peter Batchelor said the Brumby Labor Government had committed a further $80 million dollars to continue Transport Connections across the state.
“This is a great example of the Victorian Government working with local residents to plan and deliver innovative local solutions that improve transport services in their community,” Mr Batchelor said.