A free community transport service will soon be trialled in Ceduna.
From Monday, November 13 a community bus will run throughout the town on a six-month trial period operating on weekdays only.
The bus will stop 12 times per loop, with three trips in the morning leaving at 8:15am, 9am and 9:45am, then three in the afternoon at 2:45pm, 3:30pm and 4:15pm.
Each loop will take 45 minutes, leaving from Jim’s IGA at Thevenard and stopping at locations such as Ceduna Area School and Crossways Lutheran School, Ceduna District Health Services, the Ceduna foreshore, Stepping Stones AOD Day Centre Ceduna and Ceduna Foodland.
Two buses will be utilised, a 12-seater and a 20-seater, to alternate depending on the average number of passengers.
Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC) chief executive officer Wayne Miller has been a catalyst behind the trial and said this would benefit a wide range of people.
“It had been identified for a while from a number of services in town that transport was an issue,” he said.
“This is about trying to connect people with the services in town and is good for all individuals, whether young people going to school, elderly groups or people wanting to get to the shops or an appointment.
“CAC heard transport had been an issue and as an organisation we wanted to see how we could play our part – we spoke to a number of services and I think everybody is excited we are going to try something.”
CAC was successful in obtaining a $55,000 grant to purchase one of the buses.
The Ceduna District Council has helped with the supply of signs, drawing up plans and increasing community awareness.
The council’s governance manager Mark Hewitson is hoping for a successful trial.
“We’ll see how it is taken up, but six months is a good amount of time to see how it goes,” he said.
“There may be less patronage around Christmas time, but that could change once school is back underway and I hope it can be used all year.
“This will help those with transport challenges to come into town.”
Mr Miller said he hoped the bus route could be increased in the future but was not looking beyond the trial period.
“A successful trial would be people utlising the service and after six months knowing if we have the correct route depending on where we see people get on and off more often.”
He said feedback and ideas on the service could be lodged with CAC.