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West Australian council to lobby against cancelled bus service

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Collie Shire Council will raise concerns with Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell after the Collie-Boyup Brook bus to the Australind train line was cancelled, claiming it will have negative impacts on the community.

A motion was raised by councillor Nola Green who has requested that Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray protest the cancellation and lobby for the decision to be reversed, Collie Mail reported.

The Public Transport Authority announced in September that services between Ravensthorpe to Albany and Hopetoun, Boyup Brook to Bunbury, Northam to Mukinbudin, Quairading to Narembeen and Boxwood Hill to Bremer Bay will stop.

At the time, the authority said demand for the services was not high to keep them operational, with the government expected to save $500,000 per year as a result of the decision.

Green said after the proposed changes the bus service would still exist, but said it would leave at 7.30am and takes four hours to reach Perth.

Fares for healthcare, pension and seniors cardholders will rise under the new system, pensioners' "free trip" tickets will not be accepted and food and drink will not be allowed on the service.

"This is a retrograde step for Collie," Green said.

"It will have a negative impact on many people who use the service."

Councillor Ian Miffling said the service was a lifeline of the town and criticised the government for targeting one regional bus service in light of the many metropolitan services operating.

"To leave the people of Collie in the lurch is disgraceful. It is disrespectful to our community and we should fight tooth and nail to have this decision reversed," he said.

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