Safe Night bus trials
THERE is a new transport option for party-goers looking to get home safely.
Safe Night Airlie Beach CBD Precinct Inc has secured funding to trial a courtesy bus service, starting Friday, December 17.
"The bus will be running from midnight until 5am and will be conducting short trips around Airlie Beach to prevent people from walking home," group president Stacy Harvey said. "We essentially want to give people the option of getting home by a secure mode of transport.
"By providing a free bus service, we hope to prevent people from trying to walk home, especially during peak periods at night."
Whitsunday Transit manager Chris Harvey said the provider was happy to work with Safe Night Airlie Beach.
"We hope it will improve the quality of lifestyle and customer experience for our community and visitors enjoying our nightlife," he said.
"At the end of the day, we want people to get home safely and are hoping people who may walk home after a night out will flag down the bus as a safer option," Ms Harvey added.
The bus will also be manned by a security guard to ensure everyone is behaved and people reach their destination safely.
Safe Night Airlie Beach CBD Precinct Inc is also working on relaunching its brand for the incorporation, using some of the grant money to develop a website and Facebook page.
"It's so people can identify us clearly and have places to go to find out information about our services and useful links to support services," Ms Harvey said.
"It allows for us to develop signage and for our website to educate what Safe Night Airlie Beach is all about - which is discouraging alcohol-fuelled violence."
The Safe Night Out bus service begins this Friday.