Public transport Dalby's missing link
DALBY has grown rapidly in the past decade, and further growth seems imminent.
Once the Second Range Crossing has been completed, growth in the region is expected for both new residents and visitors.
New facilities and services will be needed, and the Dalby Herald believes a public transport system should be top on the list.
The population of the district has grown to more than 12,000, and many important facilities are not within walking distance.
The Dalby Hospital, Tafe and aged care facilities are just a few that are not accessible from the centre of town without a car.
At the Ningana aged care facility, many residents rely on loved ones to take them into the centre of town for social outings, and facility manager Julie Crosbie believes public transport would be of huge benefit.
"We have some sprightly residents who love a walk, and if they had a bus stop nearby to take them into town they would really enjoy that,” she said.
"If they had the ability to just go for a coffee, that would be wonderful.”
Ningana resident Claire Travers said the idea of Dalby having its own public transport network excited herself and fellow residents.
"I have spoken to a few people about public transport and they think it is a wonderful idea,” she said.
"Other options can take time or they are expensive.”
It is not only residents of aged care facilities who would benefit from a public transport network.
Many members of the community do not have access to a car and walk several kilometres for shopping and to attend medical appointments.
Irene Tanks from Dalby Crisis Support said she has wanted a public transport network in town for many years, and said many of her clients would be better off for it.
"The hospital is the toughest barrier we find for our clients to access due to its distance from town,” she said.
"It is also difficult to access medical appointments, depending on when they are.”
Ms Tanks said there would be additional benefits for businesses in town, as a pubic transport network would encourage more people to visit the stores.
"I think it would bring more people to our shops, knowing you could spend half a day there and know there is a quicker way to get home.”