All aboard: hail to the Hume bus!

Hume City Council wants community groups to experience the benefits that can come from an old-fashioned bus trip.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council owned a fleet of seven buses that were available to hire.

“Bus trips are a great way for community groups to share in a marvellous excursion, and a Hume bus can make many adventures possible,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Council’s buses are available to organisations like sporting clubs, church groups, scout associations, and hobby clubs.

“They can be hired to transport a group of sports players to an away match, or help members of a church to access a camp ground.

“Everyone has a memory of a fun bus trip, and Hume is keen to provide the wheels that can assist community groups to host adventures that strengthen clubs and nurture friendships.”

Hume’s buses are based in Sunbury and Broadmeadows.

A total of six buses can each comfortably seat 12 people, and may be driven by a person who holds a full driver’s licence.

An 18-seat bus can be hired if a community group is able to make available a driver with a full bus licence.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was confident that the buses would help a number of community groups.

“There are so many different types of local groups across Hume, from Jacana to Kalkallo, and from Sunbury to Campbellfield,” she said.

“Their activities help our residents to pursue their passions, and enable Hume to remain a lively and vibrant place to live.

“The buses are often used by Hume City Council to transport senior citizens and people with disabilities to local shops and recreational centres.

“We are sure Hume’s buses can be of service to many other people, and call on community groups to express their interest.”

Local organisations can hire a Hume bus for $24.60 per hour, or a flat fee of $479.15 for an entire weekend, which starts at 5pm on a Friday and ends at midnight on a Sunday.

In addition, Council charges a bond of $250.

Hume’s buses cannot be used for private parties or personal endeavours.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume continuously looked for ways that it could support community groups.

“The organisations that exist in Hume help people of all ages and they are the true heartbeat of our community,” she said.

Hume regularly encourages local groups to promote their activities and events on Council’s website, which publishes a community events calendar.

For further information on how to hire a Hume bus, call 03 9205 2200 or visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 18 April 2016


Updated : 2:30 PM, 18 April 2016

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