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GRANTVILLE man, Ray Potter, 75, loves
nothing more than catching up with mates at
a rock’n’roll gig on a Friday night at Dande -
The problem is, after having his licence
withdrawn five months ago due to minor de-
mentia, he relies on public transport to get to
and from Dandenong.
He has no trouble getting to the gig on the
V-Line bus, but with the latest bus towards
Inverloch, departing Dandenong at 9.15pm,
he has no option but to catch a taxi home or
miss out on the majority of the gig.
His last taxi cost $75 to get home, and as a
pensioner, he simply can’t afford to continue
The predicament is a prime example of the
lack of transport options for South Gippsland
and regional Victoria, while services in met-
ropolitan areas continue to improve with 24-
hour train trials and nightrider bus services
to the suburbs.
Ray said he wants to see V-Line put on a bus
at approximately 12am on Friday nights.
“ I feel there’s a lot of people getting drunk
and getting caught driving, ” he said.
“ I think people should be able to have a
choice. Go on the bus and get back on the
bus home at 12 o’clock at night. ”
Attending the weekly gigs is also great for
Ray’s mental and physical health.
“It’s good for the soul and good for every-
body but nobody goes there, ” he said.
“ I live in the Grantville Caravan Park so not
that much goes on here.
“I’m left out and so is probably a thousand
other people. ”
A Department of Economic Development,
Jobs, Transport and Resources spokesper-
son said there has not been high demand for
late night bus services to Inverloch.
“A number of issues must be considered
when determining new bus services including
the likely number of users, connectivity with
other public transport services and the costs
of providing those services, ” he said.
“ Transport improvements in South
Gippsland are guided by the government’s
Regional Network Development Plan and pri-
orities are based on community feedback.
“All feedback regarding transport services
is considered as part of the process to meet
demand from the community.
“ Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au to have your say
on improvements to the transport network in
The spokesperson said additional services
to Inverloch will be considered in the future
as part of the government’s ongoing invest-
ment in better public transport services for
South Gippsland passengers.
“Any changes to existing services would re -
quire us to consult with the communities it
services, ” he said.
“ The Government’s Regional Network Devel-
opment Plan is currently delivering upgraded
coach interchanges in Wonthaggi, Leongatha,
Anderson, and Koo Wee Rup. ”
Ray’s rockin’ bus dilemma
Grantville’s Ray Potter is calling for a late night V-Line bus to run from Dandenong to In-
verloch on Friday nights, so he can continue to enjoy rock’n’roll gigs.
MEMBER for Bass, Brian Paynter, is ask-
ing the community for their ideas and input
regarding issues affecting Bass Coast Shire.
Mr Paynter has put up online a survey for
people to fill in and submit, discussing ideas
about transport, youth, health services and
To participate in the survey, visit the web -
site at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NTQ3XRS.
MP for Bass asks for ideas
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