Public Transport Priorities Paper September 2013
In September 2013 Wellington Shire Council adopted 8 key public transport priorities to guide Council advocacy over the next two years. These priorities are listed in the Public Transport Priorities paper (90KB).
Let's GET Connected Project Achievements Booklet 2003-2013
This booklet celebrates the scope and breadth of the 150+ initiatives implemented over the life of the Let's GET Connected Gippsland East Transport project.
Transport is Everyone's Business in Wellington Shire
Wellington Shire Council and Wellington Primary Care Partnership recently partnered to develop a suite of resources to provide rural and regional agencies with practical information to increase access to their service by people who are transport disadvantaged.
Bus and Rail Services
V/Line is Australia's largest regional public transport operator. The V/Line website provides a current list of bus and rail services and timetables. If you are planning to travel with a mobility aid, please contact V/Line 24 hours prior to travel to ensure that there is accessible transport available.
Public Transport Victoria
The Public Transport Victoria website provides public transport information and services for regional Victoria, including fares, services and timetables, as well as customer feedback facilities. It also contains a list of Regional Bus Services that are available in Wellington Shire. For any enquiries regarding Public Transport in Victoria please phone 1800 800 007.
School Bus Services
School bus services are not operated by Wellington Shire Council. For information on school buses please contact your local school or the Department of Education and Training.
Access to School Buses for TAFE and other Tertiary Students
Vacant seats on public school buses across Wellington and East Gippsland are available at no cost to TAFE and other tertiary education students. Access to spare seating on private school buses is also available (Fees and other conditions may apply).
To be eligible for free travel students must be enrolled in an accredited or approved course of study and live more than 4.8km from their education or training provider.
Information can be found in Section 5 of the Procedural Guidelines for Contract School Bus Services in Rural and Regional Victoria which are designed to assist principals and other school staff members in managing safe and efficient school bus services. This document is also a resource for contractors, parents and bus passengers.
For further information regarding access to school buses contact the School Bus Coordinator at the Secondary Schools below:
Access to School Buses - General Public
Members of the general public can also apply to use school buses, with a passenger fare charged for use of the service. Refer to Section 5.6.2. of the Procedural Guidelines for Contract School Bus Services in Rural and Regional Victoria on the above link for further information.
Gippsland Rail Needs Study 2016
The Gippsland Rail Needs Study Report (4MB) examines rail and coach services in Gippsland and provides detailed recommendations for staged service improvements, investments in supporting infrastructure and facilities, and better coach services to bring Gippsland's rail and the public transport network generally to a standard that meets contemporary needs and expectations for residents and visitors.
Talking Transport is a joint initiative between Wellington Shire’s Transport Connections and Rural Access projects in partnership with the Wellington Regional Communication Service (Scope). A number of resources have been developed to ensure public and private transport services in our shire are more accessible for people with complex communication needs. Resources include pictorial taxi communication boards and bus timetables.
Pictorial bus timetables have been developed for the North and South bus services in Sale and pictorial taxi boards have been designed for use on the Sale-Maffra taxi services. The bus timetables pictorially represent each stop on the relevant bus route, combined with an easy to navigate timetable showing which services utilise a low floor bus. It is now easy to explain to your driver where you wish to alight.
All of the picture resources can be adapted to suit individual requirements by cutting out sections to make into key rings or credit size cards to keep in your wallet for convenience.
We have also made available the ability to create your own, personalized, communication boards by providing access to Board Maker software on computers at our Local Libraries. Please speak to staff at your local library should you wish more information about this software.
Travel Assistance Services
Travellers Aid Australia
Travellers Aid Australia offers support services and transport information for passengers, particularly those with special needs. For further information please visit the Travellers Aid website.
Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme
This a partial reimbursement scheme that assists rural and remote Victorians with travel and accommodation costs incurred when travelling more than 100kms for treatment.
To be eligible you must:
- Reside in a Victorian rural area
- Have a current referral from an approved medical practitioner
- Travel 100km or more (one way) from your home to the place of the nearest specialist.
Application forms must be signed by a General Practitioner (GP) and are available from doctors’ surgeries, health services, hospitals or the Department of Health Victoria, Rural Health website.
Travelling for Health Care - Resource Kit
An online resource kit has been developed to specifically assist rural people and their families needing to travel for health care. See Consumer Participation and Information Program, Rural Consumers for detailed information.
Medical Companion Service
Travellers Aid Australia offers trained volunteer Medical Companions to meet you at your train, bus, tram or taxi and guide you to and from your medical appointments. Your companion is FREE - you just have to cover your own fares. Bookings are essential, phone 1300 700 399 (48 hours notice required) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian Red Cross Patient Transport
Patient transport is available to essential medical appointments in Melbourne and Gippsland. To discuss eligibility contact your local medical or health service provider.
Angel Flight is a charity that co-ordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal with the triple trouble of bad health, poor finances and daunting distance. All flights are free and may involve patients travelling to medical facilities anywhere in Australia.
Inner Melbourne Hospital Map
An initiative of the Victorian Government’s Transport Connections Program, the Inner Melbourne Hospital Map and Guide (353KB) shows step-by-step information on how to get by public transport from Southern Cross station to 14 CBD hospitals in Melbourne. Each hospital is clearly highlighted on both a Melways-style map and a customised map of inner Melbourne.
Aged Care Package Programs
People in receipt of a Community Aged Care Package may receive assistance towards the cost of attending medical appointments. Eligibility for a Community Aged Care Package must be established through the Aged Care Assessment Team. To find out more phone the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 500 853.
Local Medical Transport Assistance
Medical transport assistance is available to eligible individuals who have no other viable transport alternatives. To find out whether you are eligible contact your nearest provider:
Briagolong Mini Care (Volunteers): (03) 5145 5425
Central Gippsland Health Service - Community Services: (03) 5143 8488
Latrobe Community Health Service: (03) 5143 9888
Latrobe Regional Hospital: (03) 5173 8496
Maffra Mini Care (Volunteers): (03) 5147 1459
Ramahyuck Aboriginal Co-Operative: (03) 5143 1644
Red Cross: (03) 5182 0255 (Yarram), 0418 118 524 (Bairnsdale) or 0459 807 458 (Traralgon)
Yarram District Health Service: (03) 5182 0222
Transport Concessions and Subsidies
Please see our list of Transport Concessions and Subsidies (252KB) that are currently available.
- Ride2School aims to make riding, walking, skating and scooting the normal mode of transport for students across Australia
- Further information is also available on our Walking and Cycling page
L2P Mentor Program
The VicRoads L2P learner driver mentor program assists learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence. It also aims to reduce the number of young-driver fatalities by giving learner drivers experience in many different driving environments and situations.
Young people are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to use a sponsored vehicle to gain supervised driving experience. L2P is free for eligible young people and is funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).
Note: The program does not substitute for professional driving lessons, and L2P does not pay for the probationary driving test itself.
The Gippsland East L2P driver education program is a joint Wellington and East Gippsland program and is delivered by Mission Australia. For information contact the L2P Coordinator at Mission Australia on (03) 5152 3654.
Victorian Transport Regulation