Mudgeeraba locals who have been fighting since January to have their bus services restored could be in for some good news after Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates raised the issue with the Transport Minister.

Ms Bates said she had been working since January to have Mudgeeraba’s bus services restored after a Gold Coast wide review of bus services caused route 748 to be reduced and route 750 to stop at Robina.

“I have been working hard for my residents and on their behalf, I tabled a Parliamentary petition sponsored by Shirley Packham, which 1,023 locals have signed outlining their concerns,” said Ms Bates.

“Whilst I understand that some route changes were based on usage and economic reasons, in some cases it is the only method of transport for older residents who don’t drive and young people who have yet to obtain their driver’s license.

“The Transport Minister has taken on board my concerns and I hope to announce a positive resolution in the near future.”

Shirley Packham, who relies on public transport to get to and from essential medical appointments, said she was looking forward to hearing from Ms Bates about how the issue will be resolved.

“I was one of the first to raise concerns about this issue and I’ve said it’s not fair that elderly residents have had the bus services they rely on cut down or removed completely,” said Mrs Packham.

“Ros Bates has been working with locals all year to find a solution and she even helped me start a petition which she has tabled in Parliament.

“She’s let us know that she’s had some very productive discussions with the Transport Minister, and I’m looking forward to hearing about the result she’s achieved.”

Minister Emerson