Tiwi bus service starts
The Northern Territory Government continues to invest in expanding regional bus services and has enabled a bus service to commence on the Tiwi Islands.
The NT Government has funded the $1 million start-up costs of three buses with up to an additional $470,000 per year for running costs.
The Tuparipiya Bus Service will operate on Melville Island each weekday, providing a regular service between Pirlangimpi, Paru, Pickertaramoor and Milikapiti.
The service will also be available to operate on the weekends when community events are scheduled and will do so in conjunction with other Tiwi organisations such as the Tiwi Islands Regional Council who will also have their ferry service operating for those events.
Operations will be based in Milikapiti and will initially be managed by Bodhi Bus, a remote area passenger bus service provider with significant experience in the operation of remote and regional bus services to Top End communities.
The bus operation will consist of three Isuzu buses each with a capacity of 28 seats.
Two of these buses are four wheel drives.
The buses are wrapped in designs consisting of artwork from six Tiwi artists.