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West Australian regional bus service axed

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The West Australian Government is being called on to reverse a decision to axe six regional bus services in the state’s south.

Earlier this week the Public Transport Authority announced 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.

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.

The change will come into effect at the end of the year.

However Boyup Brook Shire president Michael Giles said that axing of the service will be detrimental to locals.

"It's something that will definitely be detrimental to Boyup Brook," he said.

"I know there's a number of school kids and probably elderly people that don't have motor vehicles and rely on the bus service for transport."
Giles has called on the Government to reconsider.

"Maybe look at, if there was a need for cost reduction, then maybe looking at restructuring or changing of the services to be more suitable, but to drop it off totally I think is definitely going to be detrimental," he said.

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