This follows significant study by the college over the past 12 months on the impact of the transport shortfall within the region. Among the problems clearly identified were accessibility, cost, an increase in road use, congestion at intersections near the College, crossing safety, and afterschool care demands.
The investigations left the College board with little doubt that, with such a significant proportion of students already using these services and the absence of additional services, there was a need to trial the free bus service.
Investigator College principal, Don Grimmett, said the College had taken the matter to heart as this initiative would go a long way in supporting our current and future families.
“The complimentary services will help to manage the issues of road safety and infrastructure, which have not been upgraded since the College was established and have been unable to match the growing demands of access and safety,” Mr Grimmett said.
“The services will also support the development of the College’s new Senior School, which is being constructed on the grounds adjacent to the Victor Harbor Campus – giving families throughout the region greater accessibility to choices in education for their children.”
Since establishing in 2002, Investigator College has facilitated user-pays morning and afternoon bus services, and currently coordinates more than seven buses transporting in excess of 350 students from across the region including as far as Cape Jervis and Strathalbyn, and locally.
The College acknowledges there may be significant interest in the service, from both current and prospective families, and is now collecting data to review existing and to establish suitable bus routes. It is encouraging those who may be interested in accessing this complementary service to contact Julie Brentson on 8555 7511 so they may contribute to the collation of this information.
Brayden Mann is a bright 16-year-old student from Investigator College whose topic in this year’s Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions Club NAB Youth of the Year Quest was a good reminder.