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Last chance for free go cards for SMBI residents

A final round of free go cards will be available for pick up by Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) residents next week.

To help SMBI residents get ready for the 1 July switchover to the TransLink go card ticketing system, complimentary cards with a $10 travel credit can be picked up from Bay Island Community Services (BICS) premises on Macleay and Russell Islands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that there were still cards left over from the two Countdown to TransLink community events held on the islands last week.

“This is a great opportunity for residents who are yet to have a go card to head along and get a free card,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has worked with Bay Island Community Services (BICS) to arrange a final distribution of the free cards for island residents who could not make it to the community events last week.

“Bay Island Community Services has kindly agreed to distribute the rest of the go cards – available for adults, children, seniors and concession card holders – on Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June from 10am to 2pm.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said those interested in securing a complimentary go card should take advantage of next week’s give-away, as there would be no more free cards available after this time.

“It is important people take up the offer between 10am and 2pm on the nominated days,” Cr Edwards said.

As part of the giveaway it is a requirement that all cards are registered and those who’ve previously received a free card – or who already own a pre-registered card – will be ineligible to get another go card.

SMBI Island residents can pick up their free go cards from:
Bay Island Community Services
55 Jackson Road
Russell Island

Bay Island Community Services
Cnr Southsea Terrace and High Central Road
(co-located with Council’s community hall)
Macleay Island

Go cards are also available for purchase from the Redland Bay Ticket Office at Weinam Creek Marina, Russell Island News, Macleay Island Post Office and Redland Bay News.

Pensioners and low income to benefit from SMBI Translink

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says pensioners and low income earners will benefit from the Translink go card extension to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI).

“Based on the predicted 2013 go card fares, fares will be at least 30 per cent cheaper compared to the cost of a single paper ticket with a further 20 per cent saving for off-peak use.

“Aside from the free inter-island travel for island residents under the agreement, pensioner go-card holders who make two go card paid journeys in a single day will travel for free for the rest of the day.

“A resident concession holder, taking on average two inter-island return trips per week, will save over $200 per year.

“Even when the proposed rate levy is taken into account, a single SMBI pensioner ratepayer making one weekly return trip to Weinam Creek would be close to break even while a pensioner couple would be ahead.

“Travel savings will also extend to those visiting family and friends on the islands, encouraging more regular travel and helping to reduce social isolation for island retirees and seniors.

“I would encourage SMBI residents to make their own calculations on the costs and benefits rather than accept some of the current fare speculation.

“Helpful fare and Q&A information will soon be available on both Council and the Translink websites, in addition to Translink community forums planned for SMBI in the New Year.

“While the proposed levy contribution certainly helped to break the deadlock for this agreement, Council will review all SMBI rates and infrastructure charges when framing next year’s budget to minimise the impact on island ratepayers.

“The high cost of SMBI Island transport has long been a major brake on the SMBI economy, employment and the social welfare of islanders.

“I am very excited about the possibilities now available for the SMBI community.

“The reduction in SMBI public transport costs at last offers the prospect of a real boost to SMBI property values, business, tourism and employment,” Cr Williams said.

“The state member for Redlands Peter Dowling MP has been instrumental in helping to achieve this outcome,” Cr Williams said.

“Peter has rightly noted that the proposed transport rate levy on SMBI land owners of approximately $7 per month or $22.00 per quarter is an investment in the future.

“Council is looking forward to working with the SMBI community in the new year to fully leverage this investment.