Concerns bus changes will impact on residents health

The health and wellbeing of Lawnton and Bray Park residents is being put at risk by Labor’s bus route changes, LNP Candidate for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said today.

Mr Holswich has spent the past few days talking with residents and businesses about the severity of the impact these bus route changes will have when they come into effect on Monday 27th February.

“Over the past 4 days I have had nearly 100 residents attend Community Corners to talk specifically about the changes to local bus routes,” Mr Holswich said. “There are a long list of concerns but right at the top of the list are issues around not being able to easily access medical services in Bray Park and Strathpine under the new timetables and routes.”

Mr Holswich, along with Shadow Minister for Transport, Multicultural Affairs and The Arts Scott Emerson MP, yesterday talked with Lawnton residents as well as staff at the Bray Park Medical Centre on Sparkes Rd about their concerns.

“The closure of the bus stop opposite the Medical Centre on Sparkes Rd is particularly concerning. Residents reliant on the bus to access the medical centre will now have to walk up to 500m to get to the nearest stop.”

“You don’t usually go to a doctor because you’re well. It will be risking further health issues forcing elderly or sick patients to walk that far to catch their bus – particularly in the heat we’ve experienced in the past week.”

Mr Holswich has been circulating a petition, calling on the State Government to retain the 673 service along Sparkes Rd along with its connections to Bray Park Railway Station and Westfield Strathpine.

“In only a few days we have collected over 200 signatures calling on the State Labor Government to make urgent changes to ensure the 673 route continues to meet local residents transport needs.”

The petition will be tabled in State Parliament later this week.

“There are only two weeks until these changes come into effect. I have written to the Minister for Transport already asking that she intervene. I will now be writing to her again with a full list of residents’ concerns.”

“It’s disappointing to see Labor treating the health, wellbeing and independence of many Lawnton and Bray Park residents with such disregard.”

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