Free bus set to cost plenty at Christmas run
CHRISTMAS might be a time of giving but Noosa Council records show that last year's festive free holiday bus cost ratepayers more than twice the price than for the same time period at Easter.
And that has left Cr Joe Jurisevic scratching his head.
Last year, the TransLink charge to the council for helping free up the local roads to busy destinations was $44,675, while at Easter it was $18,450.
This year, councillors must decide if they accept the upcoming Christmas quote for the free rides of $40,614, as recommended by staff.
Staff also want the go-ahead to green light the Easter service even though the quote is still pending.
Cr Jurisevic was clearly puzzled about why there was such a premium at Christmas, asking staff, "Why is there such a disparity between the cost of the services over that period of time?"
He was told the charge was based on TransLink's calculated loss of revenue for these holiday periods for letting the council run the service for free.
"During Christmas they would normally receive more revenue than they do during Easter," he was told by a staffer.
"To that extent? Over twice?" Cr Jurisevic responded.
"That's what they've quoted," came the reply.
This Christmas, the recommended free dates are December 26 to Sunday, January 3, with the free service operating nine days instead of 10 due to Boxing Day falling on a Saturday.
Easter's service from Friday, March 25, to Sunday, April 3, will be for 10 days.