NSW Government to trial 'Sports Hopper' minibus in Sutherland Shire

Fatima Falcons and Barden Ridge under-10s in action last year. Picture: John Veage
Fatima Falcons and Barden Ridge under-10s in action last year. Picture: John Veage

The NSW Government has chosen Sutherland Shire to trial a 'Sports Hopper' minibus, which is hoped will help parents get their children to and from their weekend sporting activities.

Starting on July 20, the minibuses will take players and their families to and from the Gymea area to the Bellingara Road Netball Complex.

The trial will run for six Saturdays of the netball season.

Gymea Bay, Yowie Bay, Grays Point, areas of Kirrawee, Gymea and Miranda south of President Avenue and bounded by the Princes Highway to the west, President Avenue to the north and Yowie Gully between Matson Crescent and Kiora Road to the east will make up the catchment area for the trial.

The trial will run with game times in mind and children 10-years-old and over can travel independently. First customer pick up is 6.30am, with the last pick up from Bellingara at 4.50pm.

Cost for the trial is a flat one-way fare of $5 or $2.50 concession.

The minibuses, operated by Transdev, are fitted with a booster seat and take children as young as four-years-old.

The results of the trial will be assessed before it is decided whether the minibuses will return next season or the initiative expanded to different areas.

People can book and pay online from July 14, or through the SportsHopper app.

Details: sportshopper.com.au

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