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Golden Plains Community Bus

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The Golden Plains Community Bus is a new shuttle bus service with a weekly run in the south of Golden Plains Shire on Tuesdays and in the north of the Shire on Thursdays.

Launched in July, the bus trial was intended to end on 8 October, however COVID-19 restrictions have meant the service was unable to operate for several weeks. To ensure a full trial and greater understanding of the need for transport in the Shire, the service has been extended until Thursday 23 December, 2021.

The bus is free for all passengers during the trial period from 20 July to 23 December 2021. A project of Council, the Golden Plains Community Bus trial is funded by the Victorian Government and a sponsorship from Buninyong & District Community Bank. 

In the south, the Golden Plains Community Bus service will be provided in Teesdale, Inverleigh, Shelford, Bannockburn and Batesford, travelling to and from Geelong Waterfront every Tuesday. In the north, the bus service will be provided in Linton, Scarsdale and Smythesdale, travelling to and from Delacombe Town Centre and Stockland Wendouree in Ballarat every Thursday.

Timetable

The timetable for the Golden Plains Community Bus is available to view or download below on this page and printed copies are available to pick up at the following locations:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centres, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn and 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale
  • Linton Takeaway
  • Scarsdale General Store
  • Smythesdale Post Office
  • Ross Creek General Store
  • Inverleigh General Store
  • Teesdale General Store and Post Office
  • Bannockburn Post Office
  • Cape Clear Store

The bus timetable and maps will also be published in the Golden Plains Times in July.

Download the timetable

The South Timetable: Tuesdays

Town Stop location      
Bannockburn Bannockburn Plaza, 6 High St    DEP. 9.30am 12.25pm 3.05pm
Teesdale Teesdale General Store, 1071 Bannockburn-Shelford Rd 9.42am 12.37pm 3.17pm
Inverleigh Inverleigh Public Hall, 71 High St 9.56am 12.51pm 3.31pm
Shelford Shelford Community Board, corner of Rokewood-Shelford Rd & The Parade Rd 10.10am 1.05pm 3.45pm
Teesdale Teesdale General Store, 1071 Bannockburn-Shelford Rd 10.19am 1.14pm 3.54pm
Bannockburn Bannockburn Plaza, 6 High St    ARR. 10.28am 1.23pm 4.03pm
Bannockburn Bannockburn Plaza, 6 High St    DEP. 10.45am 1.40pm -
Batesford Corner of Midland Hwy & Bridge St 10.58am 1.53pm -
Geelong Geelong Waterfront Skate Park, Western Foreshore Rd 11.27am 2.22pm -
Batesford Corner of Midland Hwy & River St 11.44am 2.39pm -
Bannockburn Bannockburn Plaza, 6 High St    DEP. 11.54am 2.49pm -

The North Timetable: Thursdays

Town Stop location        
Smythesdale The Well, 19 Heales St    DEP. 9.30am 11.35am 1.10pm 3.15pm
Scarsdale Scarsdale Post Office, 2069 Glenelg Hwy 9.37am 11.42am 1.17pm 3.22pm
Linton Linton Shire Hall, 68 Sussex St 9.47am 11.52am 1.27pm 3.32pm
Scarsdale Scarsdale Post Office, 2069 Glenelg Hwy 9.57am 12.02pm 1.37pm 3.42pm
Smythesdale The Well, 19 Heales St 10.04am 12.09pm 1.44pm 3.49pm
Delacombe Delacombe Shopping Centre bus stop, near Valiant Rd entrance 10.18am 12.29pm 1.58pm 4.10pm
Wendouree Stocklands-Wendouree Shopping Centre Carpark at Gilles St Nth & Norman St 10.48am - 2.28pm -
Delacombe Delacombe Shopping Centre bus stop, near Valiant Rd entrance 11.09am - 2.49pm -
Smythesdale The Well, 19 Heales St    ARR. 11.20am 12.40pm 3.00pm 4.21pm

Bookings

To make a booking, call 5220 7151. Bookings are essential and only passengers with a booking can ride. After you make a booking, you must be at the selected bus stop location and ready to board the bus at the scheduled time.

FAQs

Who can ride the Golden Plains Community Bus?

All Golden Plains Shire residents are welcome to use the Golden Plains Community Bus service. There are limited spaces and booking are essential.

Where is the Golden Plains Community Bus available?

In the south, the Golden Plains Community Bus service will be provided in Teesdale, Inverleigh, Shelford, Bannockburn and Batesford, travelling to and from Geelong Waterfront every Tuesday.

In the north, the bus service will be provided in Linton, Scarsdale and Smythesdale, travelling to and from Delacombe Town Centre and Stockland Wendouree in Ballarat every Thursday.

What is the cost to ride the bus?

A project of Council with sponsorship from the Buninyong & District Community Bank, the bus is free during the trial period from 20 July to 8 October 2021.

How do I book a ticket on the bus?

The bus is free and no ticket is required. However, bookings are essential and only passengers with a booking can ride. After you make a booking, you must be at the selected bus stop location and ready to board the bus at the scheduled time. To make a booking, call 5220 7151.

How do I find the bus timetable?

The timetable for the Golden Plains Community Bus is available above on this page and printed copies are available to pick up at the following locations:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centres, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn and 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale
  • Linton Takeaway
  • Scarsdale General Store
  • Smythesdale Post Office
  • Ross Creek General Store
  • Inverleigh General Store
  • Teesdale General Store and Post Office
  • Bannockburn Post Office
  • Cape Clear Store

The bus timetable and maps will also be published in the Golden Plains Times in July.

What COVID-19 measures will be in place?

The Golden Plains Community Bus service will be operated under COVID-19 guidelines and all passengers must wear face masks. There are limited spaces and booking are essential.

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Monday, 27 September 2021 - 1:36pm

 

Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.