Call for bus shelter, seats in Girrawheen

SHELTER and seating for a Marangaroo Drive bus stop in Girrawheen is needed to help seniors travel in poor weather, according to Wanneroo councillor Domenic Zappa.

At a recent meeting, Cr Zappa tabled a Sevenoaks Retirement Village 15-signature petition, which called for the City to provide the facilities, which would cost $11,000.

His motion on notice, supported by the council, said residents from the retirement home used the 27095 stop and installing a shelter would boost public transport patronage.

“A few weeks ago now I was approached by a few residents at the retirement village expressing their need for a bus shelter out the front of their retirement village,” he said.

“They’ve recently had a great success in having a bus stop allocated for in front of their retirement village, however, no seating or shelter.”

The motion said the location did not meet the minimum patronage requirement for 50/50 grant funding under the Public Transport Authority (PTA) managed bus shelter grants scheme and the City would need to fully cover the cost.

PTA figures indicated low numbers with five boardings a weekday.

But Cr Zappa said residents had told him how much the shelter would benefit them.

“One of the residents told me of a situation she faces in the winter months where she wants to take a bus to the shops to do her weekly shopping,” he said.

“However, during the rain and the wind it’s really difficult for her to gain access to public transport without the shelter there.

“Another resident I spoke to this weekend detailed to me how he uses public transport to keep active both intellectually and physically.

“This gentleman regularly takes the bus down to the library to read.

“He’s 90 years old… and he expressed to me the importance of having public transport shelter for him to make use of the bus and attend the library each day to read his books.”

Councillors supported the installation as part of the 2015-16 bus shelter installation program and to relocate funding to increase its budget.

In September, the council agreed to double its funding for bus shelters, with 13 stops listed for upgrades, including 12449 on Marangaroo Drive.