Summer Bus gets people home safely

Ballina residents, particularly young people, will find it easier to get into town or to the beach thanks to a new bus service that will operate throughout January.

Called the Summer Bus, the new service will target young people and holiday-makers, offering a safe alternative for people who plan to drink and drive during the summer holiday break.

The service follows a successful funding submission by Ballina Shire Council to the NSW Ministry of Transport.

Cr Peter Moore welcomed the new service, saying it was a brilliant idea which gave young people safe and affordable access to the shires attractions.

Cr David Wright said he felt the service would be popular and hoped it would be extended to cover the Easter holiday break as well.

Councils executive strategic planner Stephen Barnier said patronage of the new service would be monitored to gauge public interest.

Councils road safety officer Natalie Chapman said using the Summer Bus was the smart way to go for people who may want to have a few drinks, knowing they can get home safely.

The Summer Bus will operate from January 2 to 27 and will cost around $3 per fare.

There will be services linking Ballina and Lennox Head, Ballina and Wardell, and Alstonville and Ballina. There will also be a Ballina to Wardell and Cabbage Tree Island service, with the cost a gold coin donation each way.

Timetables for the Summer Bus will be finalised shortly. Visit the Blanchs website at

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