To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Public Transport): In relation to the Hamilton to Mount Gambier Transport Connections service that has recently been cut by the Baillieu government, what arrangements will now be made to provide the vital public transport required by those living in the Mount Gambier communities.
I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised:
All trial services initiated under the Transport Connections program have been reviewed. The Hamilton to Mount Gambier trial service commenced in April 2009 and was trialled for a period of two years and eight months. The review found the trial service to be unviable due to low patronage over the trial period. Public Transport Victoria will continue to monitor the transport requirements of regional and rural Victoria and seek opportunities for future transport provision where warranted.