Catherine McAuley College is well-served by the urban and country bus networks.
All enquiries regarding bus travel to Coolock (Junortoun) are directed to Mrs Trish Martin – 5449 3466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other useful contacts are:
- Christians Buses – 5447 2222
- Regional Country Bus Co-ordinator – Country Bus Network – 4433 4317
- VLine 5440 2739
- Bendigo Coachlines – Castlemaine Bus Service – 5446 3144
Country Bus Network
Students who reside in areas serviced by the country bus network, including some areas of Strathfieldsaye, are eligible for country bus travel. Applications are available on this site and must be returned to Mrs Trish Martin. The College will make application to the Department of Education on your behalf. Travel on the country bus network is free to eligible travellers.
Urban Bus Travel
Coolock (Junortoun) is well serviced by a network of buses from all areas of Bendigo. Please refer to the current timetable to check for the best option for your student. Travel on these buses is paid by using tap on tap off MYKI or by purchasing a yearly student bus pass.
How to Purchase a Bus Pass
It is not compulsory for travellers to have a bus pass; casual travellers can use a tap on tap off MYKI. Purchasing a pass is a two-step process – firstly families must:
- Obtain a Student Travel Concession Card, forms for 2018 will be available in mid-January 2018, or from ptv.vic.edu.au
- Complete the form and affix two passport sized photos (grade 6 school photos are acceptable).
- Attend the General Office at Coolock or La Valla to have the form signed by College staff, then attend Bendigo Station to purchase the card and MYKI bus pass.
Bus Information Day
Bus Information Day is at Coolock (Junortoun) 31 January from 10.00am until 2.30pm. Christian’s Bus Lines will be in attendance to assist with all bus queries and the sale and processing of student concession cards. MYKI bus passes are only available at the station.
Once you have your concession card, you can then purchase the yearly or half yearly bus pass. VLine recommend that the bus pass is registered and your child’s name is clearly marked on the card.
Travellers who reside more than 4.8kms from the College may be eligible for Conveyance Allowance. This allowance is only available to those travellers who have purchased a bus pass.
To claim the allowance please see form below. This form is to be completed and returned, along with the receipt for the bus pass, and returned to the Finance Office, St Mary’s, Barkly Street, Bendigo.
Castlemaine Bus Travellers
Castlemaine and district travellers are able to access the Castlemaine direct service. Please contact Mrs Trish Martin for further information.
Coolock (Junortoun) Urban Timetable
Please note, this may change towards the start of the school year, so families are advised to check before school starts. It is helpful for students if they know the bus bay before they wish to commence using the bus.
Country Bus Application
Attached is the application for travel on the Country Bus network. These forms are to be completed and returned to the College Registrar who will make application on behalf of families.
It is important that students are familiar with the bay that their bus departs from. Please see below a summary of Bus Bays at Coolock.