INFREQUENT public transport in the East Devonport area will be looked into, after the issue was raised by residents.
This was one of many outcomes of a community forum held yesterday by the Eastern Shore Special Committee of the Devonport City Council.
Residents were encouraged to offer their suggestions on how to improve the area and their quality of life.
These suggestions will be considered for the council’s 10-year plan, which is already in its first draft and is expected to be completed by the end of this year at the latest.
The council’s sustainable community manager, Kathryn Maxwell, said that one fifth of East Devonport residents didn’t own a car, making it necessary for the infrequent public transport to be improved.
“Public transport doesn’t run on Sundays, it finishes at 5.30pm on weekdays and at 3pm on Saturday,” Ms Maxwell said.
“The other problem is that it doesn’t go directly from East Devonport to the Mersey Community Hospital. You have to go into the city first then catch a second bus out there.
“We will be talking with Mersey Link to see whether the buses could come from the depot to East Devonport first, instead of down the highway, to extend the bus times,” she said.
Another prominent topic raised was improving the “gateway to Tasmania”, the Spirit of Tasmania terminal and surrounds.
Suggestions were that the foreshore near the terminal be made usable and presentable to the public, as it is currently fenced off, that public areas were better landscaped and more street trees were planted, and that a “maritime tour brochure” was produced detailing several related tourist destinations.
The community also requested that the large number of empty shop-fronts were filled, that a second community garden was developed and that the East Devonport Primary School’s kitchen was utilised by community groups.
Ms Maxwell said the council was still open to suggestions for the 10-year plan and encouraged people to come forward.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Participating in an East Devonport community forum at the East Devonport Primary School are community members (from left) Tania Hillier, Amanda Leary, Tracey Muir, Mayor Steve Martin, Lisa Mathews, Fiona Blenkhorn and Nita Bassett. Picture: Grant Wells.
To obtain a copy of the draft plan please visit the council chambers at 44-48 Best Street, or call 6424 0544 to have one emailed.
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