Weston Creek Community Council
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Postal Address: PO Box 3701 Weston Creek 2611
Phone: 6288 8975
Fax: 6288 9179
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Monthly Meeting of the WCCC
25th August 1999
Jeff Carl, Deputy Chairman, welcomed Guy Thurston CEO and Beth Hobson of ACTION, the
committee and members of the public.
Apologies were received from Ken and Sue Galvin and Bob Sutherland
The Annual Audit report was tabled at the meeting. The audit showed that of the $3,000
received, $1,157 was expended and $1,753 was in the bank. The annual return can now be
lodged with the Registrar of Associations.
Guy Thurston provided an outline of the impact that the bus route and timetable changes
had made. There was an overall trend line increase of 4% in passengers from a 20% increase
in services. This was in contrast to other cities which were experiencing declines. The
age group least likely to catch a bus were 18 to 25 year old females. The availability of
second cars at $13,990 was also proving a difficulty for bus patronage. The comparison of
bus fares and car parking costs is constantly an issue in bus usage. The decline in bus
usage in the preceding 2 years was 15%. Minor changes will be made in 2 weeks on 13
September. The reliability of timings of bus travel times within a bus route is of concern
and is affected by traffic flows and traffic volumes.
In Weston Creek issues of concern were seen to be Badimara Street where the previous
route 211 needs to be re-considered. Also Weston Creek night services need to consider the
capacity versus the number of passengers. Within ACTION budget changes with the staff
agreement has had a $7M effect. ACTION met the budget target although the target was a
ACTION was disseminating information on timetable changes as printed material. However,
27% of homes have the Internet; and approximately 90% of people have Internet at work and
this was by far the easiest way of disseminating timetable changes.
Mr Thurston opened the meeting to questions from the floor; Jeff Carl mediated this.
- Night services - will the 2 hour gap be removed? - Yes but the number of services will
not be increased - it will be a re-scheduling of services.
- Why do the buses appear to leave Woden at the same time?
- The cost of childrens travel (non-school travel); after a certain number of
children in the one family travelling; why cant the fares decrease?
- The number of direct services out of Weston Creek needs to be increased - can it?
- The re-design of Route 211 has had the effect that some houses are now more than 1km
from the nearest bus stop, can this be re-considered?
- Use of the Seniors Card is limited to the time of the day by ACTION - it needs to
be able to be used at anytime of the day.
- ACTION needs to accommodate the aged/elderly at all times not just limited to special
- Fremantle Drive - there is a disproportionate spacing of bus stops near the Croatian
Retirement Village- can this be addressed?
- At bus stops there needs to be a timetable listing for that particular bus stop. Mr
Thurston indicated that 500 bus stops had timetable information.
- Access in Corinna Street, it appears too narrow? Mr Thurston advised that ACTION were in
negotiations with Woden Plaza on the traffic problems created by the Corinna Street
- Cooleman Court Precinct upgrade - will there be changes to bus stops? Mr Thurston
advised that the nature and location of bus stops around Cooleman Court would be
considered in the upgrade.
- Cooleman Court bus shelter was removed - will it be replaced?
- Are 3/4 sized buses cheaper for ACTION? - yes they are about 3/4 of the running costs.
- Can all ACTION buses be air-conditioned? - Mr Thurston indicated that that as buses are
replaced air-conditioned buses are being purchased.
- Route 29 takes a Cooks tour through Rivett - can it be straighten? Mr Thurston
advised that there needs to be a balance between directness and the number of passengers a
bus needs to collect to make a viable route.
- Changes in Feb 1996 did not help Weston Creek.
- Is it possible to put bus stops outside Woolworths Cooleman Court to help
shoppers? - this would need to be considered in any bus stop relocations.
- Buses do travel along Trenerry Street at Cooleman Court although there is a NO BUSES
- Access Buses; route 34 has a problem of not having access buses. - Mr Thurston indicated
that like other buses, access buses do need to be taken off the road for regular servicing
and therefore need to be substituted with other buses.
As they were no more questions Mr Carl thanked Guy Thurston and Beth Hobson.
Superintendent Chris Lines from Woden Police had followed up a number of issues raised
at the previous months meeting.
- The car wrecks at the police compound are there for search and rescue practise. When
they are finished with they are removed. Supt Lines advised that an effort would be made
to keep the area clean.
- Under age drinking at Rivett. - Patrol cars had been visiting the shops, oval and
underpasses and the practise appears to have ceased. Although it is thought that the
police presence has only dislocated the youth to another site.
- The bus interchange at Woden is a focus of concern for the safety of the elderly.
However the recent cold weather was affecting the behaviour of people at the interchange.
When the seasons change the problem is expected to reappear. The move on powers of the
police are somewhat limited and actions are not always possible.
- Supt lines would like to remind residents of Weston Creek to improve the security of
their houses and especially when they are in the home.
A question was asked about more police patrols; Supt Lines advised that high visibility
of police is a strategy that can be undertaken for short periods. It is not a long-term
solution as it only displaces the activities of people.
Jeff Carl thanked Supt Lines.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The date of the next meeting would be 22nd Sept 1999
The meeting closed at 9:45 pm