Kids stranded by subsidy loss
ELLIOTT Heads mum Tami Boas said life would get a little tougher for her family without a bus service to the village’s state school next year.
The mum of three said two of her school-age children were paying customers on the bus service, which has just had its state government subsidy pulled by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The lack of funding means Elliott Heads State School will be without a bus service next year.
Mrs Boas said that with one three-year-old, it was convenient for her other children to catch the bus home every day.
“I don’t have to drive if Libby is asleep,” she said.
“We’re also aware of the environmental impact of driving.”
Mrs Boas said she loved the school and would not like to see other parents stop sending their children there because there was no bus to transport their children.
“We believe the government is providing the school to the area and they should provide a bus service too,” she said.
Mrs Boas also said her children had learnt independence by travelling on the bus every day.
Elliott Heads school pupils Chloe, Tammey and Shelley Stevens caught the bus once a week and are also upset the bus service has been withdrawn.
Parents and Friends Association president Cindy Hyland said she could not understand why Coral Cove and Innes Park was included in the Woongarra State School bus route subsidy when Elliott Heads was closer to the villages.
A department spokesman yesterday replied to the NewsMail’s query, but did not address the issue of the two schools’ subsidy zones.
“The Department of Transport and Main Roads cannot continue School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) funding of the Elliott Heads school bus route in 2010 because patronage has fallen to four eligible students, well below the benchmark of six eligible students required for a viable service,” he said.
“A conveyance allowance is available for eligible students affected by this change.”