Controversial City of Vincent bus sold at auction today

The bus.
The bus.

CITY of Vincent’s community bus sold at auction today for $46,000 at Pickles Auctions.

The sale was confirmed this afternoon by a City spokeswoman, but the identity of the highest bidder is not yet known.

The bus is a point of contention between the City and North Perth Bendigo Bank, which donated the $120,000 10 years ago for the City to purchase and hire out to community groups.

When bookings slowed, in part due to its lack of wheelchair access, bank branch chairman and former Vincent mayor Nick Catania tried unsuccessfully to have it handed to the branch.

Vincent council decided on May 1 to put the bus up for auction.

Mr Catania said at the time he was “bitterly disappointed” in the City’s decision.

The bus was booked out and used by the bank in May to support 36 cyclists doing the two-day Ride Against Domestic Violence.