THE Shire of Murray’s community bus service will make its final rounds on Saturday, July 8 following a council resolution to discontinue the service.
In May, the council reviewed the results of the trial, which revealed consistently low usage.
Over the first six months of the nine-month trial, 266 passengers used the service, or an average of 3.75 patrons a day.
Community feedback received as part of the evaluation indicated the number of pick-up locations – one per Shire locality – did not suit users as the distance to the locations, particularly for older residents, was difficult to overcome.
Shire President Maree Reid said it was clear the current bus service provided as part of the trial was not a cost-effective means of providing community transport.
Cr Reid said a more extensive service would be better suited but was beyond the reach of the Shire’s current financial strategy.
She said discussions around the extension of State Government services would produce the outcome most aligned with community need.