THE State Government has reprieved a school bus run at Rupanyup until the end of the year.
The bus would have stopped running in term three, but State Government authority Public Transport Victoria told Rupanyup Primary School it would fund the bus for another two terms.
Students and preschoolers from the eastern Rupanyup farming area who attend Rupanyup Primary School, Murtoa College and kindergartens in Minyip and Rupanyup use the bus.
Under the authority’s regulations a school bus with fewer than seven eligible students will not be funded, but the Rupanyup bus has eight students and two kindergarten children.
Rupanyup Primary School council president Rodney Weidemann said the decision gave more time for the community to lobby the government to keep the bus.
“Our backs are still against the wall, but the fight’s not over,” he said.
Mr Weidemann said a State Government kindergarten program at Rupanyup and Minyip could have motivated the authority to delay cutting funding for the bus.
“The decision to cut the bus is still ridiculous,” he said.
“On one hand the government wants 15 hours a week of kindergarten for pre-school kids,” he said.
“But on the other hand the government is cutting the means to make that happen.
“It doesn’t make any sense.”
Last week Shadow Minister for Children Jenny Mikakos tabled a petition with about 200 signatures in State Parliament lobbing to keep the bus.
Mr Weidemann said the bus campaign had plenty of support.
“We have a sympathetic ear from the State Opposition and Yarriambiack Shire Council has been right behind us,” he said.
“We won’t throw in the towel we just need to target our energies at the government.”
“It just makes it hard when we are in such a safe seat.”
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