Tuesday March 6, 2012
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP will distribute a survey to every resident in Glenmore Park as the next step in her fight for a direct school bus service from Glenmore Park to McCarthy College at Emu Plains.
Mrs Davies will be direct mailing the survey to every household in Glenmore Park, which will provide new data on the potential demand for the service.
Mrs Davies will provide the data from the survey to Transport for NSW and continue to advocate for the service to be provided.
Mrs Davies said she was approached last year by some parents in Glenmore Park regarding the need for a direct bus service.
"The parents informed me that there are over 250 students from Glenmore Park that attend McCarthy Catholic College" Mrs Davies said.
"At present the only bus service available for students of McCarthy Catholic College is via Penrith train station."
Glenmore Park resident Kylie Trimboli said that her son and daughter travel almost three hours a day just to get to Emu Plains from Glenmore Park and return in the afternoon.
"I spend the same amount of time commuting to the city each day, it's ridiculous" Ms Trimboli said.
After many written requests and conversations with the Office of the Minister for Transport, Mrs Davies was advised late last year that Transport for NSW's statistics on the numbers of students utilising the current service identified that there is currently insufficient demand for a direct service.
However Mrs Davies said she had "doubts" regarding the figures and wants direct feedback from the Glenmore Park Community.
Mrs Davies said the survey would be mailed out later this week and needs to be returned by post, fax or email by Friday 23 March 2012.