Wheels set in motion for late-night buses
By RENEE REDMOND
JASMINE QUIGLEY and her friends, Jessica Thurkle and Bianca Wilson, think an affordable late bus service in Lismore is just what the town needs.
"A bus service would make going out a lot cheaper, and there would be fewer people lining-up for taxis and causing fights," Jasmine said.
Her comments followed the first Lismore City Liquor Accord meeting yesterday, which discussed late-night buses, curfews and standardising practices for licensees in Lismore and Goonellabah.
Lismore City Council road safety officer Wendy Johnson said yesterday the council would trial a late bus service for 18 weeks, starting on February 24.
"The fare will be about $3 and will stop at regular stops in Lismore and Goonellabah. It is a user-pay service, but needs the support of licensees if it's going to work," she said.
The buses will run Thursday to Saturday night from 10pm to 3.45am.
"The bus company is prepared to run up to midnight without a security guard, but has asked for an officer after midnight," she said.
The licensees will be asked to display a map of the bus routes.
Licensee of Mary Gilhooley's and chairman of the Liquor Accord, Brad Stamp, said the main focus of the group was reducing alcohol-related crime.
"Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, and additional meetings will be called before special events like the Lismore Cup," Mr Stamp said.
"Instead of one pub or club trying to address an issue we're putting the focus back on the whole group."
Police Inspector Tony Crandell said curfew times and staggered closing times were also on the agenda.