Briagolong bus will remain
Briagolong Primary School’s bus service, which was to be removed, will now remain, following a push from the school community and formal representations made by Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, in State Parliament.
“This is a great outcome for the Briagolong Primary School community, which was in limbo after it was advised it would lose its one and only service due to not meeting the eligibility requirements,” Mr Bull said.
In August, Mr Bull asked the Education Minister to review a proposal to terminate the bus run, saying it would have a devastating impact on the community.
“It was very pleasing to hear that the school has now been the school has been informed the service will be retained for 2018 and 2019, with a follow up review scheduled for 2019,” he said.
“This is fantastic for both students and parents of the Briagolong Primary School,” he said.
“To maintain the bus, the requirements state the school must have eight or more students who reside further than 4.8 kilometres from the school using the service.
“These hard and fast regulations simply don’t take into account local issues and country communities, with a number of bus-travelling students the children of parents who work outside of the township, or from single-parent families.
“Therefore, they rely on catching the bus to school, so I am pleased I was able to have the Minister review this decision,” Mr Bull said.