By Mitch Guy
A GROWING chorus of Wonthaggi residents are fed up with the inadequate bus shelter at the Wonthaggi interchange bus stop at Biggs Drive.
The poorly-designed shelter – which offers close to no protection from wind and rain and no nearby toilet facilities – has provided many instances of inconvenience for transport users.
Meanwhile, a perfectly-suited shelter and toilets is left unused at Watt Street next to the Wonthaggi Magistrates’ Court.
Wonthaggi identity and former mayor, Jack Clancy, told the Sentinel-Times of an instance where two elderly ladies were put in an uncompromising situation at the troubled Biggs Drive bus stop one evening.
After a long journey from Southern Cross, the ladies were looking for a nearby toilet.
With no public toilets in the vicinity, Mr Clancy held their suitcases while they were forced to relieve themselves in the bushes across the road.
Mr Clancy said he’s ropable about the situation and said the bus stop needs to be moved back to Watt Street.
“These two women were treated like third-grade citizens,” he said.
“The council has the power to move this bus stop and they can move a motion at the next meeting to move the VLine stop back up there and they can pass it and it can be done.”
Despite Mr Clancy’s claims that the council has the power to make the move, Bass Coast Shire’s general manager of Infrastructure, Felicity Sist said the issue is out of the council’s hands.
“The responsible authority for the bus stop and its infrastructure is Public Transport Victoria,” she said.
“Council is in discussions with PTV advocating for improvements to the bus stop.”
Yvonne McRae is another local resident who is dismayed by the shelter.
She catches the bus regularly and is disappointed in the lack of response from the Bass Coast Shire Council after she penned a letter about the issue over a month ago.
“Where is the input from the Bass Coast Shire Council? What are they doing?” she said.
“They haven’t even answered my letter about this; you don’t even get a reply. I mean, that’s just common manners. We were brought up that you have manners, and if someone writes to you, you acknowledge it.”
It was only after the Sentinel-Times alerted the council to the issue, that Mrs McRae was given a courtesy call from the council.
But she wasn’t satisfied with the response.
“Obviously the man who spoke to me on the phone from the shire didn’t know any detail of what he was talking about. He knew it was about the bus shelter but that’s all,” she said.
“He was just the poor rabbit who got the job of doing the phone call. With all the people that work up there, you’d think they’d have a better line of communication when somebody writes a letter in – not respond to it five weeks later after they were asked about it.”