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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Free Public Transport to help with SEQ flood recovery

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Free Public Transport to help with SEQ flood recovery

    Anna Bligh has announced that the State Government will provide free public transport for a week to help with the initial flood recovery in South East Queensland.

    Ms Bligh said all public transport in Queensland’s south east would be free for a week from today (Friday 14 January).

    “Our public transport network is vital to the region’s recovery,” she said.

    “Many people don’t have cars, and many others have lost them in the floods. I’m also sure there are also numerous residents who’ve lost their Go Cards.

    “We want to help as much as possible and making the network free for a week will keep unnecessary cars off the road, help people do some shopping and get around to help others if needed.

    Minister for Transport Rachel Nolan said the measure was intended to assist the flood recovery.

    “Let me be clear. This isn’t a ticket to rubberneck. It remains the case that non-essential travel is not encouraged,” she said.

    “I know it’s not a lot compared to what some people have lost but every little bit helps.

    “We’ve never offered free public transport on this scale, for this long, before.

    “It’s unprecedented, but so is the damage and devastation we’ve seen to the lives of so many Queenslanders.”

    Ms Nolan said planned fare rises would still go ahead when fares were reinstituted from Saturday 22January.

    “We face a massive task of rebuilding our damaged public transport network,” Ms Nolan said.

    “And keeping quality services running is vital.

    “Every extra cent we receive from these fare increases will go into services and helping rebuild our public transport network.

    “That means more seats on buses and more seats on trains.”

    Ms Nolan said the State Government would continue to support a large ongoing subsidy for public transport services in the region.

    Media contact: Chris Ward on 0418 424 654