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Community bus provides popular shopping service

For some local residents, getting around the district can be a bit problematic, particularly if you don’t have a licence, are elderly, sick or injured.

That’s where the District Council of Mallala’s monthly bus service could come in handy.

Or maybe you’d just like a hassle free trip to one of the region’s biggest shopping centres?

On the third Friday of each month, for just $5 for a return trip per adult (children travel free when accompanied by an adult) residents can board the bus and travel to Elizabeth Shopping Centre.

Volunteer members of DCM’s Community Development and Advisory Committee oversee the service, with committee member Jasmin Daniele currently co-ordinating all passenger bookings and enquiries. 

The community bus has been operating for over 20 years with pick up points in Mallala, Parham and Two Wells.

By arrangement, residents in Dublin, Lower Light and Lewiston can also access the bus.

The pick up point in Two Wells is at the local Bakery at 9.40am, travelling through Lewiston via Hayman or Dawkins road (pending passenger collection) and departing Elizabeth at 3pm.

Lewiston resident, Helena Sfreddo, has lived in the area for the past two decades and in recent years has come to rely on and look forward to the monthly bus trips.

An accident a few years ago saw her car written off and just two weeks later a fall broke her right ankle in three places. 

The 70-odd-year-old says the bus service has been a lifesaver.

“It is beautiful,” she said.

“I love the bus, and the company is nice.

“I hope it never stops, because I’ve got no transport here at all, nothing. 

“I’d be lost without it.”

Unstable on her feet due to her ankle injury, Helena uses a walker to help her get around when out shopping and says the driver and passengers are all very friendly and helpful and there’s plenty of room for all her shopping.

Bookings for the community bus are essential. Contact bus coordinator Jasmin Daniele on 8520 2233 or 0409 052 103. 

• Further information and a bus timetable can be found on the District Council of Mallala’s website at www.mallala.sa.gov.au.

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