Zunker Street bus stop to be built
BURNETT Heads bus users have been getting used to soaking in rain or baking in the sun as they wait for transport to Bundaberg.
But all that is about to change, with a new bus shelter to be installed at the Zunker Street stop.
The coastal community has been lacking shelter after a bus stop in Hermans Road was removed in June because of the development of the new IGA complex.
Bundaberg Regional Council had promised the return of the shelter once the complex was complete, but changes to the bus route since the opening of the Wallace Creek Bridge meant its location needed to be changed.
“We were waiting until the bus company signed off of the location of the new shelter and we expect one to be built on Zunker Street, near the takeaway shop, in the next few weeks,” councillor Danny Rowleson said.
Cr Rowleson said the new shelter were not the only changes for Burnett Heads bus travellers would see.
“We also have a new ‘J-peg' stop [bus stop with just a sign] on Zunker Street, near the community hall, which has never been there before,” he said.
“It's been a significant upgrade to previous bus services, especially for people living out at the Port.”
Cr Rowleson said all bus stops throughout Burnett Heads would get a facelift over the next few months as a part of the bus stops upgrade program to be completed by the end of the financial year.
For Burnett Heads resident Steve Beiger, the changes can't come soon enough.
“They said we would be getting our bus shelters when the IGA was finished,” he said.
“The IGA is already built, so where are our bus shelters? The school kids have to wait out in the rain because there is not much other cover available for them.”
Mr Beiger said he was also worried about the elderly standing out in the hot sun.
“We've got quite a high proportion of elderly and they are the ones who use the bus the most,” he said.
Mr Beiger said he wasn't asking much.
“All we want is our bus shelters back.”