Taxi stalwart faces hard search

SHIRLEY Currie is facing a difficult decision: to hand over her taxi licences to the Queensland Department of Transport and receive nothing, or continue the 11-month campaign to sell.

A Queensland Department of Transport representative will meet with Mrs Currie today in an attempt to find a solution that would not see her leave the industry empty-handed.

Mrs Currie first put the licences up for sale in December 2008 after 27 years serving the Blackwater community with her late husband Lawrie.

“I had to because I couldn’t get drivers,” said Mrs Currie.

Although Mrs Currie hoped for the best with her taxi licences, she admitted feeling unsure about what could be done.

“The man (from DoT) is going to see if he can help,” she said.

The Taxi Council of Queensland president Max McBride said taxi businesses in Dysart and Collinsville had suffered a similar fate and hoped Mrs Currie would not be denied payments for her licences.

“It is now up to the government to come up with a solution and to get service back as soon as possible,” Mr McBride said.



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