SA Best candidate for Hammond Kelly Gladigau has criticised the state government in its treatment of rural school children “abandoned” by school bus services.
Ms Gladigau said children in towns like Cambrai have been affected by “penny-pinching” on rural Education Department school bus service routes and are forced to travel to Nuriootpa or rely on family transport to get to school in Swan Reach.
“The issue for these students is that the Department for Education and Child Development have reneged from their agreement to extend the the bus service from Swan Reach to Sedan if more than five children were to use it, even though those numbers which were required have been met,” she said.
“At Cambrai, one family has to drive 100 kilometres every day just to get their children to and from school.
“These commutes are devastating to children, family life and the ability of breadwinners to earn a living.”
Cambrai disability pensioner Brian Page has two high-school aged children and has been left “behind the eight ball” financially from driving his children the 90-plus kilometres a day to and from school. “I went through three cars last year driving between Cambrai and Swan Reach,” he said.