The Hinterland Connect service has been at risk for more than a year due to claims of inadequate use by residents and disputes between the state and council over funding.
The Hinterland Connect service has been at risk for more than a year due to claims of inadequate use by residents and disputes between the state and council over funding. Contributed

Hinterland bus service to stay if council coughs up

THE State Government will extend the Hinterland Connect bus service for 12 months provided Sunshine Coast Council contributes half the funding.

The service has been at risk for more than a year due to claims of inadequate use by residents and disputes between the state and council over funding.

However, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the service would stay for now following lobbying from him, councillor Jenny McKay and the hinterland community to Transport Minister Scott Emerson.

"Mr Emerson agreed to extend the trial for another year if the Sunshine Coast Regional Council continues to share the cost on a 50/50 basis," he said.

Mr Powell said changes to the timetable were also being discussed.

"I have also spoken to the Minister about reviewing the timetable to ensure that passengers are able to meet their connections and/or appointments in order to drive up patronage," he said.

Mr Powell said provided council agreed to the funding model, the new timetable would start on July 7.


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