Public transport boost for Moreton Bay residents
Residential property dwellers in Queensland's Moreton Bay region will benefit from a new government initiative to make public transport more affordable.
State assistant minister for public transport Steve Minnikin said ferry services for southern Moreton Bay Island will be integrated into the TransLink network from July next year - meaning it will become part of the south-east Queensland network.
For those considering renting or buying real estate in the region, the news will be welcomed, with it meaning commuting to Brisbane will be cheaper than ever before.
Mr Minnikin said passengers who travel from Russell Island to Weinam Creek by ferry will see fares drop from $8.80 to $6.55 - or $5.24 off-peak - using the Go card.
"A trip to Brisbane, currently $18.40, will cost $10.53 using Go card or $8.43 off-peak, from 1 July next year," the minister added.
Redland City Council mayor Karen Williams said the changes will be a major boon to Moreton Bay locals.
She commented: "The extension of go card for travel to the islands is long overdue and deserved recognition that island residents should be able to access the same public transport concessions as the rest of south-east Queensland."