Published on 15 March 2013
Polleys Coaches have taken on a responsibility other companies might find daunting – ensuring up to 20 Gympie students get to class on time at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The Gympie-based coach service, which moves more than 1,600 people across the region each day, was appointed as the provider of a free shuttle service between USC’s Gympie Learning Hub and its main campus at Sippy Downs.
USC Operations Assistant Josephine Gorring said the appointment of Polleys Coaches was part of the University’s plan to strengthen its ties with the Gympie region.
“We have a growing presence in the area with a new campus under construction, so it makes sense to turn to a local operator for services,” she said.
“One of the big advantages to having a local operator on board is the local knowledge they bring which, in times of flood or unprecedented conditions, is invaluable for helping us to prepare for road closures or other transport issues.”
Polleys owner and operator Warren Polley said his company had been providing coach transport in the area since 1956 and was pleased to have gained the USC contract.
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with USC in providing this service and consider it a privilege to play a small part in assisting the university as it continues its growth in the area,” he said.
“By appointing a local bus provider, it means jobs will remain in the area and another bus driver will be kept on the road.”
The USC Gympie bus service is one of several free services organised by USC for its students.
Services depart from the USC Gympie Learning Hub at the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE campus at 6.30am and Jaycee Way at 6.35am, stopping at Cooroy and USC before returning to USC Gympie twice daily.
— Terry Walsh