Russell Island on the Bay - Jun 13, 2014 02:20

SMBI Ferry Service Reaches Milestone

Redlands residents are embracing the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) ferry services with the million trip mark being cracked less than 12 months after the service joined the State controlled network.

Member for Redlands Peter Dowling said the million-trip milestone was a great achievement that supports the Government’s continued delivery of a stronger plan for a brighter future.

“Redlands residents have saved more than $260,000 since the free inter-island initiative came into effect on 1 July 2013, racking up more than 116,000 free inter-island trips,” Mr Dowling said.

“The free inter-island travel between Lamb, Macleay, Russell and Karragarra Islands has significant social benefits for locals, allowing them to visit friends and travel to events on other islands for free.

“We are a government that listens and this initiative has helped to create a real sense of community on SMBI and helps us to work towards building local economies.

“This government promised to reduce the cost of living for all Queenslanders and we are pleased to see that the SMBI community is making the most of the joint state government and local council initiative.

“For such a small community to reach one million trips in just under 12 months really goes to show that making travel seamless across all modes with one ticket—the go card—has huge benefits and is working for locals.

“This milestone shows that SMBI customers are also taking advantage of the benefits of travelling across the entire TransLink network with go card, including cheaper off-peak travel.”