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Mother-of-three enacts improvements to bus services


A Chisholm mother, frustrated by a lack of transport options, has enacted change thanks to the help of Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison.

Sandy Freeman, a mother of three, including twins with special needs, wrote to Ms Aitchison to express concern that her children were facing a long, dangerous walk halfway across Harvest Estate after being dropped off by the school bus.

“My children have started at Metford Public School,” Ms Freeman said.

“We are not entitled to any drive-to-school funding because their disabilities are not severe enough, and we aren’t funded by the transport subsidy because, as the crow flies, we are too close to the school.

“And that measurement does not take into account that there is a railway line between school and home with no pedestrian access.”

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison wrote to the Minister for Regional Roads and recently received some good news.

“The NSW Government has made a four-year commitment to introduce 14,000 additional weekly services across New South Wales, and enhancements to route 189 are part of that commitment,” Ms Aitchison said.

“Maitland’s incredible growth rate demands that the NSW Government continually monitor and assess available bus services to ensure they are meeting the community’s needs,” she said.

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