Labor's new Shadow Minister for Regional Development Clare Scriven has successfully pushed for a review of all regional bus services

Shadow Minister for Regional Development Clare Scriven (right) and Mat OBrien, who is a regional councillor at Murray Bridge.

Shadow Minister for Regional Development Clare Scriven (right) and Mat OBrien, who is a regional councillor at Murray Bridge.

A proposal pushed by Labor's new Shadow Minister for Regional Development Clare Scriven to review all regional bus services has passed the State Parliament's upper house, despite the Liberals opposing it.

The motion that passed State Parliament calls on the State Government to review all regional and township bus services to ensure they provide an adequate service to those local communities.

The motion calls on the State Government to complete the report by October 30, 2020 and to report back to Parliament proposed changes shortly after.

Ms Scriven told Parliament about the advocacy of the Member for Mawson, Leon Bignell, to ensure people in places such as Myponga can be connected to regular and reliable public transport.

It is hoped that this report will identify how services to regional residents can best be provided, and potentially provide additional funding for regional bus services to extend their services where needed.

Ms Scriven said she was disappointed that the Liberal members of the Upper House opposed the motion, but was pleased that it was eventually passed.

"A lack of public transport options is a severe disadvantage for regional residents. A review of the current services is an important first step in ensuring that services can meet the needs of residents who need public transport options, to get to work, medical appointments, study and so on," Ms Scriven said.

"The reality is that you need to be a car owner in regional South Australia because if you rely on public transport you simply will not get where you need to go. It is a constraint on the Fleurieu Peninsula, where people have been asking for ways to connect into the main transport systems.

"Unlike in Adelaide, some regional towns do not have any option to use or connect to public transport, particularly on the weekends or in the evenings and that is not good enough.

"It is very disappointing that the Marshall Liberal government members opposed my proposal. I am very pleased that it passed despite their lack of support and I now look forward to the Parliament receiving the review report by the end of October."

Mr Bignell said the people of Myponga, Yankalilla and the rest of the Fleurieu Peninsula struggled to get around unless they have their own vehicle.

"Better transport options will give people more independence and better access to medical appointments, shopping and community activities," Mr Bignell said.

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