Transport just a click away

TRANSPORT information for the Northern Rivers is now only a click away, thanks to a new website developed by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council.

Launched yesterday by Lismore deputy mayor Vanessa Elkins, the address is www.goingplaces.org.au and it contains all the up-to-date information for accessing transport throughout the seven local government areas of the Northern Rivers. They include Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Tweed.

“We've found the biggest need in this area is access to transport services,” Northern Rivers Social Development Council CEO Tony Davies said. “It's so important to be able to get people to work, to medical services and to all the different educational facilities.”

With the website Mr Davies cited the example of a person being able to go to it, click on the Byron Shire tab and find out what was available 'to get from, say, Mullumbimby to Byron Bay using public transport'.

“There are also map routes for each council area,” he said. “And information on how to get to different regions as well as capital cities.”

The website is an initiative of the NRSDC, and the seven local government areas who have contributed to it.

“In this area we have nowhere near enough public transport,” Mr Davies said. “So we need to get a critical mass out there using the system for public transport to become more regularly available.”

Mr Davies believes the need for public transport will only grow as petrol prices rise.

“We need the State Government to realise and accept that public transport exists outside of Sydney.”



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