An Eden Cove bus shelter is one of three that will receive upgrades as part of a $60,000 NSW Government grant announced by Member for Bega Andrew Constance on Friday.
Mr Constance said Bega Valley Shire Council applied for the funding under the Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS), and will use it to upgrade the Government Road shelter, along with two bus shelters on Pacific Way, Tura Beach.
“This funding will provide timetable information, safety, comfort and protection from the elements,” Mr Constance said.
“The projects will incorporate seating and signage to benefit local and tourist passengers during their travel through the region.
“I am pleased that Bega Valley Shire Council is supporting public transport in the region by developing these key local projects.”
Eden Cove Residents Group spokesperson Mike Stebbings welcomed the announcement, and said that while Eden Cove has previously been “lost in a vacuum”, he is pleased with the outcome in this case.
He said he hopes the project will be just one of several positive outcomes for the area.
“Eden Cove in the past has been lost in a vacuum, through failed development and development protocols,” Mr Stebbings said.
“However, after various face-to-face meetings, Bega Valley Shire Council has come to realise our needs, and conversely the Eden Cove Residents Group has recognised the constraints placed on Council through the bureaucratic process.
“It is a case sometimes of just working through it, and this project has developed as a result of cordial relations with Council’s senior management, and Councillors Russell Fitzpatrick and Sharon Tapscott.
“Andrew Constance also took this issue on board and has assisted with the funding, plus he is also aware of the Princes Highway/Government Road intersection problem through liaison with Council general manager Leanne Barnes and Mayor Bill Taylor.
“We are extremely pleased at the end result in this particular case and the prospects of further resolutions in Eden Cove.”