ON THE BUSES: Celebrating the new bus service for young people in the Byron Shire are UNCLE Project chief executive Mark Gasson (in doorway) with teenagers Jayden Polidano, Adam Lorimer and bus driver Harry Schollbach (rear).
ON THE BUSES: Celebrating the new bus service for young people in the Byron Shire are UNCLE Project chief executive Mark Gasson (in doorway) with teenagers Jayden Polidano, Adam Lorimer and bus driver Harry Schollbach (rear).

All aboard bus to Byron

FEDERAL teenagers Adam Lorimer and Jayden Polidano were sick of nagging their parents for a lift to Byron Bay on weekends, so they decided to do something about it.

“We went to a youth forum and they asked us what needed improving in the area,” 15-year-old Adam said.

“Straight away I was like - transport. We need a bus system up here, we've got nothing.”

The idea was picked up by UNCLE Project chief executive Mark Gasson and just a few months later, the bus system is up and running.

On Saturday mornings, young people can catch the bus to Byron Bay from Federal, Goonengerry or Mullumbimby and get back home the same way later in the day.

It costs $5 for a round trip and is open to all young people.

It's already making life easier for Adam, Jayden and their friends, who head into Byron Bay for activities like surfing and the movies.

Mr Gasson said the benefits of the bus included increased safety for young people through less hitch-hiking and a reduced environmental impact through the use of fewer cars.

“Because there's no public transport around, young people are really dependent on hitch-hiking or their parents for getting around,” Mr Gasson said. “This gives them some independence.”

The Uncle Bus Service is supported by the Bat Bus transport service, which provides transport for young people in the Byron Shire.

“This is an excellent example of young people creating a joint partnership to accomplish their objectives with the help of a community group,” Mr Gasson said,

For more information and a timetable, call Mark on 0408 675 598.



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