New complaints over Australia Wide Coaches’ Bathurst drop-offs

LOCATION, LOCATION: Councillor Monica Morse (second from right) pictured with Nona Fisher, Judy Upfold and Patricia Gannon lobbying last year for Australia Wide Coaches to move its pick-up and drop-off locations from the visitor centre. 072017coach
LOCATION, LOCATION: Councillor Monica Morse (second from right) pictured with Nona Fisher, Judy Upfold and Patricia Gannon lobbying last year for Australia Wide Coaches to move its pick-up and drop-off locations from the visitor centre. 072017coach

COUNCILLOR Monica Morse has asked Bathurst Regional Council do more to get Australia Wide Coaches to use the new passenger drop-off point that was created specifically for the company.

It is the latest request in what has been a year-long campaign for Cr Morse.

“It would be nearly a year ago since we were approached by the passengers of Australia Wide Coaches, who use the coaches to go from Bathurst to Sydney,” she said.

“But then coming back from Sydney, Australia Wide Coaches changed their pick-up and drop-off point from the Acropole to the visitors centre.

“Although it sounds good, the visitors centre has a car park, it doesn’t actually happen that the passengers are dropped off in the car park.

“They’re dropped off on the side of the road where it’s dark, there’s no footpath, they’re on grass and it’s really hazardous.” 

In response to this, last year council provided the company with a new drop-off point in the car park behind Bathurst McDonald’s.

Despite the infrastructure being put in place, Cr Morse said she has continued to receive complaints from passengers about being dropped off at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.

She and the director of engineering, Darren Sturgiss, have been in contact with Australia Wide Coaches again, which has made further requests of council.

“Basically he wants council to produce a timetable and he wants another seat [at the drop-off point],” she said.

“It’s just stalled now and it’s just getting darker, it’s getting colder and we hope we’re going to get some rain, along with the problem of dropping off quite a lot of elderly people who like to use that bus – who are now saying they’re not going to use it – onto this grass.”

Cr Morse said council needs to start putting “more pressure” on the company to use the new drop off point. 

“I really would encourage council to do something more formal,” she said.

“It is very dangerous there at night.”