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Question Without Notice No. 788 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2018 by Hon Jim Chown

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 September 2018

CHARTER SERVICES — OPTUS STADIUM

788. Hon JIM CHOWN to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to charter vehicles operating on western derby match days during the 2018 Australian Football League season.

(1) Why has Transwa provided charter services from Dunsborough, Busselton and Bunbury to Optus Stadium on western derby match days during the 2018 AFL season?

(2) Was approval for Transwa to operate these services provided by the minister; and, if so, why was this approval granted, given this market was already being met by private operators who are paying the omnibus licence fees to operate this service?

(3) How many passengers travelled on each of these Transwa trips this year?

(4) Are there further plans for Transwa to compete with private contractors for any other statewide contracts; and, if so, what are those proposals?

(5) How does the government justify the service being provided by Transwa, given that small business operators in the south west were already meeting the market demand?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Transwa provided western derby road coach services to the communities of Dunsborough, Busselton and Bunbury to encourage travel to the stadium for the members of those communities, including those who are entitled to a concession. The additional road coach services were conducted in conjunction with the trial Australind train weekend timetable changes.

(2) Yes. The Public Transport Authority considered that the Transwa services would complement the existing private services.

(3) On 29 April 2018, 30 passengers travelled from Dunsborough, 27 passengers returned. On 5 August 2018, 17 passengers travelled from Dunsborough, 15 passengers returned.

(4) No such proposals have been made.

(5) The PTA considered that the services would complement existing services.