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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Cars in the Mall

Letter to the Editor

G’day Yanchep News Online,

I reckon it’s worth having a chinwag about the MySay transport survey put out by the WA Government. It’s a fair dinkum opportunity to weigh in on the proposed bus routes for Yanchep and Two Rocks.

Now, I’ve been a Yanchep local for a good 30 years. Way back in the day, I set up shop in Two Rocks before shifting over to Yanchep National Park about 18 years back. Now, I’m not one to catch the bus myself, preferring to ride my own wheels. But let me tell you, there’s plenty of folks ’round here who do, and they’ve been doing it for yonks.

With all the new houses popping up and the Yanchep train station chugging along, we’re expecting a real swell in population. And with that, you’d reckon there’d be a fair dinkum expectation for some public transport to the National Park, right?

But here’s the kicker – there ain’t a mention of a Transperth bus service to the park. Fair dinkum oversight if you ask me.

Having a bus run to the park would open up heaps of opportunities. Volunteers could pitch in easier, folks could snag jobs at the park’s businesses, seniors and young families sans cars could get around, and tourists – local and from out of town – could mosey on over for a squiz.

I can’t wrap my head around why this hasn’t been considered. I’ve seen people hoofing it down Yanchep Beach Road towards the park, and they’re told it’s just a short walk from the last bus stop. Crikey!

I’ve even lent a hand, calling cabs for international visitors and giving locals lifts back home after a day at the park. It’s a real head-scratcher that there used to be a bus route that’d swing past here daily, but now it’s like we’re left out in the cold.

There’s a new tourism spot bang opposite a bus stop, spruiking visits to the National Park. But unless you’ve got a set of wheels, how are you supposed to get there?

A bus to the National Park would be a corker for the community – sorting out transport for leisure, work, and tourism. Here’s hoping the survey shows the lack of consideration for this service, and Transperth gets on board with a route real soon.


S Dash


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