Vital link to community

Toodyay councillor Paula Greenway, Cliff Simpson, Dave McMahon and Moore MLA Shane Love.
Toodyay councillor Paula Greenway, Cliff Simpson, Dave McMahon and Moore MLA Shane Love.

Due to close at the end of December 2013, former Transport Minister Troy Buswell gave the AvonLink a six-month reprieve.

The group included Toodyay Shire councillors, representatives from the Toodyay Historical Society and representatives from the Community Resource Centre.

Moore MLA Shane Love joined them for part of the journey.

From Midland, they travelled to Perth, where TransPerth staff explained ticketing practices and services available at stations as well as changes likely to occur in the future.

Toodyay Shire councillor Paula Greenway said the aim of the trip was to educate passengers.

‘The group is planning another trip for people who are less mobile, or visually impaired,’ Ms Greenway said. ‘The trip was a great success and made us all aware of what is possible via public transport.

‘The AvonLink is a fantastic option for Toodyay commuters as there are seats available as well as wi-fi, meaning travellers can work on the train should they choose to do so.

‘TASG will continue to promote use of the AvonLink within our own community and beyond, as we know that if we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.’

The group is working with the Public Transport Authority to alter the timetable and ticketing arrangements, to make the service more accessible to Toodyay locals and visitors from the metropolitan area.