It could still be some weeks before the new Redland Bay Marina Bus Station is fully operational.
With major construction now complete, the site is being cleared of emergency and temporary buildings used whilst the construction process was being carried out.
The Friendly Bay Islander has attempted to obtain a timeline from Translink in relation to the situation, but with little success.
A Translink spokesperson did tell us: “The recently completed $8.15 million upgrade to Redland Bay Marina bus station has improved the public transport experience for customers by providing modern, secure, accessible and comfortable facilities.”
In relation to the existing ticketing office currently located in the temporary premises, this facility has closed.
In relation to the ticket sales office, the Translink spokesperson stated: “Customers using the station now have the option of buying or topping up their go card at their convenience at a new fare machine which is available for use during bus and ferry operating hours.”
The spokesperson did not rule out the possibility of a manned ticket facility in the near future and it could be a part of a future business on the site.
They said: “The new bus station contains two retail spaces which will help activate the precinct and offer a great opportunity to establish new local businesses.
“A number of offers from potential tenants have been received and negotiations with the preferred applicants are being finalised.”
And finally and more importantly: “There may be an opportunity to include go card facilities at one of these retail tenancies, in addition to the new fare machine.”
Translink have indicated they will ‘advise’ The Friendly Bay Islander on the tenancies that have been offered and when negotiations with interested parties has been completed.
The premises for two potentially new businesses are located in the southern building adjacent to the jetty entry and at the southern end of the new building with an attractive deck area overlooking Weinam Creek making an excellent location for a future coffee/gift/island tourism outlet.
In the meantime, island residents have been having trouble with the GoCard automatic machines.
According to Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan :”The one machine isn’t coping with demand. The process is too slow when there is a line-up of locals’.
“Accompanied by Lamb Island resident Sibille Kreideweiss, I have taken island concerns to Translink and they have indicated they will address the matter promptly.
“I certainly hope that it is the case,” Matt McEachan said,
He added it would be ‘far more desirable’ if GoCards are made available from an office situation in the not too distant future.
“They also need to be available from early in the morning,” he told The Friendly Bay Islander.
PLEASE NOTE: Russell Island residents should be advised that they can top up their Go Cards, buy new Go Cards, and amend the dates on existing Go Cards at the Russell Island Post Office.
• Matt McEachan with Sibille Kreideweiss at Translink headquarters in Brisbane.