Mr NORTHE (Morwell) — (Questions 7596) My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. My question is: what is the latest information with regard to the provision of bus services to Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH). Many local residents have contacted my office in recent months expressing their disbelief that despite LRH having a bus stop, westbound buses travelling from Traralgon to Morwell are not currently servicing this particular stop. Of course this has massive implications for patients, families and visitors, who have to either find alternative transport or walk vast distances to utilise the existing westbound bus stop, which is actually located on the opposite side of the Princes Highway.
Gippsland Rotary Centenary House, which provides accommodation for patients undergoing cancer treatment in the hospital precinct, had previously written to Public Transport Victoria and received a response in July 2015 that stated works were in progress to utilise the hospital bus stop, but nearly 12 months later there are still no westbound bus services to the hospital. I therefore ask the minister for this latest information, given its importance to patients, families and visitors to Latrobe Regional Hospital.