Great response to bus campaign

THERE has been an "overwhelming" and "positive" response to a campaign for a Snowy Mountains CountryLink service.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro sent out a survey in early December and has received hundreds of responses from residents keen to have their say and secure a CountryLink service.

"I sent out these surveys in the hope that I could gather enough evidence to show the NSW Government that there is a demand for public services for the Snowy Mountains," Mr Barilaro said.

"The responses clearly demonstrate that there is strong support for a CountryLink bus service in these areas either as a stand-alone service or an extension on the existing Bombala/South Coast service.

"Since being elected I have endeavoured to ensure that the voice of the community is heard. I've hosted several community forums in the Snowy Mountains and the way that the community has gotten behind this issue is motivational," he said.

"With the evidence of community demand contained in the surveys I will able to continue to push for these services in the New Year."

The NSW Parliament's State and Regional Development Committee is currently inquiring into how inter-regional public transport can better serve regional NSW. Their report is due early in the New Year. A public hearing of this inquiry in Jindabyne was recently facilitated by Mr Barilaro.

"A regular stand-alone CountryLink service for the Snowy Mountains will not be secured overnight," Mr Barilaro said.

"However, with continued advocacy and the help of the community, I am confident that we can secure a better transport future for the residents of the Snowy Mountains."

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