Gympie demands Go Card
CONCERNED Gympie residents have been heard in the Queensland Parliament with the tabling on Tuesday of a petition calling on the government to improve the flawed Go Card system.
The 200-plus signature petition, organised by LNP Member for Gympie, David Gibson MP, was as a result of community anger over fare increases and the revelation that you couldn’t buy a Go Card in Gympie.
“The community was rightly outraged that the government was putting the fare prices up without providing better services,” Mr Gibson said.
“This petition calls for better access to Go Cards in Gympie and for a better Go Card system.
“In January this year the Bligh Government increased the Go Card fares by 20 per cent and a massive 40 per cent increase for paper tickets. With no facility to purchase a Go Card offered in Gympie it effectively meant that locals without a Go Card would face the full 40 per cent price increase.”
Mr Gibson said since the launch of the petition and subsequent media coverage, the government has backed down and now provides Go Cards for sale from the Gympie North railway station.
However, Mr Gibson said he was concerned that these price increases would discourage more people from using the public transport network.
“For the past two years I have been asking the government to provide a midday rail service to Gympie so that more people could take advantage of public transport in attending medical appointments in Brisbane and Nambour,” he said.
“Each time they refuse citing low passenger numbers on the current rail services.
“I’m concerned that the recent fare increase may reduce those passenger numbers even more and put our existing rail services at risk of being cut.
“It’s clear that Queenslanders face price increases and asset sell-offs but no increase in rail services.”