direct bus service between communities on opposite sides of the Mornington Peninsula

Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:59:20) — (14 443) My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I am seeking information on behalf of the Western Port community regarding a direct bus service between communities on opposite sides of the Mornington Peninsula. I am frequently approached by constituents with regard to the difficulties involved in accessing family, friends and the many services that are located on the other side of the Mornington Peninsula.

Residents who do not drive have particular difficulty and are challenged when trying to reach Mornington or any other locality on the Port Phillip side. The only available public transport requires travel up through Frankston before then travelling back down the peninsula, and residents are frustrated that the average trip by public transport to Hastings takes 1 hour and 50 minutes, when potentially by car it takes less than 30 minutes.

The Western Port area is also home to a large over‑60s population with a greater need for access to health services, which are primarily in the Mornington and Rosebud areas. My community is asking this government to provide a bus service to enable Western Port residents to reach the people, places and services located on the Port Phillip side of Mornington Peninsula.