Zilzie secondary students get direct school bus
THE days of changing buses to get to and from school will be over soon for Zilzie high school students with a dedicated school bus to begin service next month.
The Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the new school bus route was based on demand as the development at Zilzie's Keppel Cove Estate continued to grow.
"The trip to school for secondary students is a long hike and the two bus journey makes this seem even longer," Mrs Lauga said.
"From Monday 9 November, a direct school bus route S658 will transport secondary students from Keppel Cove Estate to Yeppoon High School.
"There are at least 56 secondary students registered for transport assistance that this extension will benefit.
"On average, these students used to travel about 3 km to access a two-bus journey to get to Yeppoon High School and this will now be a thing of the past which I'm sure will be a great relief to students and their families."
Mrs Lauga said the new service was a collaborative approach involving the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Livingstone Shire Council, Young's Bus Service and the Keppel Cove Estate developer.
She praised the work of the Emu Park State School P&C for its impressive and important work in bringing the issues to the attention of all stakeholders.
"Livingstone Shire Council has assisted by removing traffic calming devices that had been preventing buses accessing the area," she said
"The road changes will also allow TMR and Young's Bus Service, in conjunction with the developer, to look at future changes to urban bus services into the area."