Free transport extension for Shepparton students

SHEPPARTON students will continue to receive free bus travel in 2022 as they transition to their new world-class secondary college. 

The free bus travel extension will be available to Greater Shepparton Secondary College (GSSC) students who currently use the School Bus Program as well as those new to the program. 

Government secondary school students currently travelling on public transport to the new college site will also continue to have ticket costs fully reimbursed through the Conveyance Allowance Program in 2022. 

In addition, GSSC students who live within 4.8km of the new college will be eligible for the free bus travel, an added benefit which will support an estimated 55 per cent of students. 

The School Bus Program started in 2020, with over 1,600 GSSC students using the program in 2021. The extension of the program into 2022 is expected to assist more than 1,700 GSSC students. 

Lifting education outcomes in Shepparton is a key focus for the Victorian Government, with $140M already invested into the ‘Shepparton Education Plan’. 

“We are delivering transformational change and investing in Greater Shepparton’s young people to boost their educational outcomes and improve their opportunities in life,” Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp, said. 

Construction of Greater Shepparton Secondary College is now entering its final months with the new college on track to open in time for the start of the 2022 school year.

FREE BUS SERVICE FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE… 1,600 Greater Shepparton Secondary College students use the bus service. Photo: Steve Hutcheson