Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Leavers get a safe ticket to ride

    22/11/2005 12:00 AM
     
    22/11/05

    The Gallop Government will fund a dedicated bus service to ferry leavers between Dunsborough and nearby centres during Leavers Week, South-West Minister Mark McGowan announced today.

    Mr McGowan said the bus service would run three times per day during the eight-day period between November 25 and December 2 and would be available to all school leavers to travel to planned events in the region.

    “This new service will ensure leavers are able to travel throughout the local area safely,” he said.

    “Between 4,500 and 5,000 school leavers come to Dunsborough each year to celebrate and let their hair down.

    “Many of those people do not have a driver’s licence and need a safe way to get around.

    “This bus service, which was funded by the State Government through the South West Development Commission (SWDC) at a cost of $12,000, will help reduce risky behaviours such as hitchhiking, drink driving and overcrowding of vehicles.

    “It will also help minimise the disruption to local businesses and residents.”

    Mr McGowan said the Gallop Government had funded a number of programs and activities throughout the State during Leavers Week as part of its commitment to improve the quality of services to all Western Australians.

    “The bus service has come about as a result of work by the SWDC, the police and the Dunsborough Leavers Advisory Committee (DLAC),” he said.

    “I congratulate the SWDC, police and the DLAC and its members for their work in developing a mix of programs and activities to enhance the experience for school leavers celebrating in the district.”

    The Minister said a significant police presence and a band of supportive volunteers would complement the committees’ work.

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