Late Nighter drives into the future

Lismore City Councils Wendy Johnson (front right) and Lismore mayor Merv King (far left) with supporters and members of the Lismore Late Nighter Steering Committee aboard the bus.

The future of the Lismore Late Nighter Bus Service has been secured for at least two years, thanks to Southern Cross University, the Lismore Workers Club, Lismore City Council and the Lismore City Liquor Accord pitching in more than $22,000.

Lismore City Councils Wendy Johnson, the driving force behind the project, said the funds, combined with increased passenger numbers, meant the Lismore community could continue to enjoy a Saturday night downtown safe in the knowledge that this reliable, low-cost and safe transport option would remain available.

The public support of the Late Nighter indicated to us that it was really important that we keep the service going, said Wendy.

Lismore Council first trialled the Late Nighter bus in 2005 as a community service, but research has shown the bus is doing more than just providing people with a ride home. The service is helping to reduce alcohol-related crime such as assaults and property damage, and in 2005 there was a 28 per cent reduction in crime on Saturday nights in the CBD.

Initial research into the proposed bus service revealed that an alarming number of people drove themselves home after a few drinks. The remainder caught taxis, walked or hitched a lift.

The Lismore Late Nighter operates between 11.30pm and 3.45am on Saturday nights, providing transport to most suburban areas of Lismore. Fares are $3 each way and a security officer accompanies the bus from midnight onwards.

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