Council keen for transport feedback

 

HOW do you get from A to B around the Shire; bus, car, bike or walk? Would you like more or improved public transport? 

Byron Shire Council is keen to hear from residents about their transport usage and needs, and is encouraging households to get online and complete a Transport Survey.

The Transport Survey is open until August 31 and is available via the council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au. Participants can also enter the prize draw for a chance to win $100, $20 or $25 cash.

Transport Advisory Committee chair Cr Basil Cameron said the committee was especially interested in the needs of Federal and Ocean Shores residents and of young people across the Shire.

“Council recognises the transport disadvantage faced by many within our community, such as those too young to drive, those unable to drive or those isolated from their desired destinations,” Cr Cameron said.

“A lack of transport is a known barrier to participation be it employment, education, community or even social engagement, with many having no choice but to rely on the private motor vehicle.”

In identifying the extent of the disadvantage that lack of transport causes, Cr Cameron said the survey will help understand community demands and opinion.

“At present we know very little about what the community think of the services available and even less about what they may want,” Cr Cameron said.

“While Council is not currently a public transport provider, it does have an important role in advocacy and assisting the community where possible.

“This survey is the first step and will help inform the development of a transport strategy.

“More importantly it will also assist with any future discussions with NSW Transport who are the main provider of funds and services in regard to public or community transport services.”

Council staff and the Transport Committee members will also be at New Brighton Farmers Markets on 26 July and 2 August talking to residents and gathering input.

Residential households in Federal and the greater Ocean Shores area will also receive a copy in their letter box during the coming weeks.



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