State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has announced significant public transport service improvements for residents of Orbost, Marlo and Lake Tyers.
“The additional services will commence on Monday, June 4 and the terrific news for Orbost and Marlo residents is that there will be 42 new services per week from Orbost and Marlo through Lakes Entrance to Bairnsdale with stops along the way,” said Mr Bull.
“Areas and towns such as Newmerella, Waygara, Wairewa and Nowa Nowa will all benefit from these services, a number which will connect with the train from Bairnsdale.
“It is welcome news for these areas and will make them more attractive to investors, businesses and retirees. A strong public transport service is now an important consideration for retirees and those making a move to country areas,” said Mr Bull.
“There will now also be 24 additional services to and from Lake Tyers Beach per week to service this fast growing community,” he said.
“Timetables outlining all of the services will be distributed in the coming week and will also be available on the Public Transport Victoria website.
“This is great news for all the communities involved and the fact people from Orbost and Marlo can get to Melbourne and back in one day with this service is sure to be a strong attraction for those considering a sea/tree change.”
Richard Dyson, from Dyson’s Buses, which will be providing the new services, said his company was looking forward to improved public transport options for residents of the locations involved.
“It will now be possible for people in Orbost and Marlo for instance to get to Melbourne and back in one day on public transport.”
East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Dick Ellis, recognised the extensive work the Shire had previously undertaken with East Gippsland communities through the Transport Connections program.
“Effective public transport is critical to the health and well-being of residents and for the future growth of the municipality,” Cr Ellis said.
“Council welcomes the latest improvements introduced by Public Transport Victoria and looks forward to continuing to work with the State Government to ensure that the access needs of residents are met now and into the future.”