Map challenged in bus dispute

Christine and Amber Curry with, in the background, Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and Baldivis Secondary College principal Keith Svendsen. www.communitypix.com.au d414911
Christine and Amber Curry with, in the background, Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and Baldivis Secondary College principal Keith Svendsen. www.communitypix.com.au d414911

She told the Courier her 13-year-old daughter, who attended Baldivis Secondary College, did not have permission to ride a school bus because the map showed they lived within a public transport area.

Ms Curry said the closest bus stop was on a busy road without a footpath and too far for her daughter to walk to each day.

However, a PTA spokeswoman said that the map was correct and Ms Curry did live within a designated public transport area.

‘Students living within these boundaries are not eligible to travel on an orange school bus as they have access to scheduled regional town bus services,’ she said.

‘Instead, they can travel to and from school on the town bus services for the heavily discounted 50c student fare.’

Nevertheless, Ms Curry maintained the map represented Baldivis North inaccurately. ‘We live on Fifty Road in Baldivis and have no public transport. Our closest bus stop is over three kilometres away,’ she said.

She contacted the PTA several occasion times and was told it would not amend the map or help the situation.

‘How can they expect our children to have to walk along that dangerous road twice a day?’ Ms Curry said.

‘Even if she was to get on the public transport bus, the bus doesn’t go directly to the school anyway.

‘It travels to Rockingham train station first so she would have to catch it at about 7am.

‘I have had to quit my carers’ course because I need to be there to take my daughter to school.’

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook said that it was unacceptable that student safety was put at risk because the State Government was not willing to commit to a viable public transport system.