The Buloke Shire is located in the more rural, remote section of Victoria and is extremely isolated from outer regional and provincial cities. As a result many people who do not drive have decreased access to various social and recreational activities, with very limited public transport services.
The Southern Mallee Transport Connections Partnership undertook a community consultation in 2009, in order to determine the actual need for people to travel to Bendigo on a Saturday. A samply survey was conducted amongst the youth population in the townships of Woomelang, Birchip, Wycheproof and Charlton, and the results yielded widespread support for a trial bus service to Bendigo.
A New Bus Service
As a result of this survey, the Southern Mallee Transport Connections Partnership chartered a bus service between Woomelang and Bendigo, (via Birchip, Wycheproof and Charlton) on the first Saturday of each month (excluding public holidays), in order to further evaluate the community support for this type of transport service, and Public Transport Victoria has since resolved to fund this service on a recurrent basis.
Please click on the following link for more information - Woomelang to Bendigo Saturday Monthly Bus Service