Premier Campbell Newman and his Transport Minister, Scott Emerson, have announced that Lord Mayor Graham Quirk must also sign off on the bus routes to be axed in Brisbane.
Councillor for the Gabba Ward Helen Abrahams has welcomed the move, saying: “This announcement aims to flush out the position of the Lord Mayor.”
” The Lord Mayor has talked vaguely in the Council chamber about many discussions and “doing certain things … to encourage people to get out there and to find out what these changes mean for them” and “continual representation on behalf of the people” but he has fallen short of condemning Premier Newman’s cuts to 25% of bus routes in Brisbane.”
Helen Abrahams says the Lord Mayor must now act and start a genuine consultation process on what bus services residents want for our Brisbane. “He should organise public meetings so people can have a say and extend the consultation period to three months,” says Helen.
“I will certainly be holding meetings with inner south residents if the Lord Mayor doesn’t,” said Helen Abrahams.
“Judging from the number of signatures on petitions being handed into my office, residents want to and deserve to have a meaningful say.”