New bus service takes shape

MONARO Transconnect is a new bus service for all people living in a community across the local government areas of Snowy-River, Cooma-Monaro and Bombala, providing access to various locations in the ACT five days a week, Monday to Friday, from March 3. 

It will offer a same day return service and will connect the following towns to the ACT region: Delegate, Bombala, Bibbenluke, Nimmitabel, Jindabyne, Berridale, Cooma, Bredbo and Michelago. 

For further information please visit or or call 6458 4620 or 6451 1054. 

When travelling on Monaro Transconne

Go with Joe

JOE was a former resident of Thredbo and has returned to settle in the Snowy River Shire after 24 years. 

His past experience includes, but is not limited to, ski resort operations and customer service. 

Joe also has many years of experience with aviation bussing and airside transport services. 

On returning to the region, Joe is aware that transport options and services for residents living in this area have been wanting for some time. 

Joe advised that “not much has changed since I first resided in the area some 30 years ago”. 

Joe is interested to contribute as part of the team to initiate and develop this much needed service. 

Passengers can expect an eagerness to not only meet but surpass passenger’s expectations from perspectives of safety, reliability and customer comfort.

Leave with Steve

STEVE has lived and worked in the mountains for the last 18 years and has resided in Berridale for the past 14 years and very much enjoys living in a friendly quiet village.

A self-confessed “bit of a car nut”, he has been a member of the Cooma Car Club since 2001 and he is currently on the executive as the club secretary. 

He is the proud owner of a Leyland P76 which apparently draws many comments wherever he goes.

Steve is married to Frances and they have four grown up children and two grandchildren with another grandchild due at the end of February. 

After 39 years in the NSW public sector Steve decided it was time for a change and this job is just the ticket as he loves to drive and interact with people.

Being a member of Tourism Snowy Mountains Board the public transport issue was one that was always high on the list and one that Steve fully supported. 

Steve says that it is now great to be a part of the actual project and get to drive people to connect to the Canberra region.

“It’s a bit of a dream job really,” he said.

Passengers can expect a friendly experience and Steve is always happy to have a chat.

Catch Karen if you can

KAREN has a long connection to the Bombala community. 

Her parents Graham and Di Hampshire have lived in Bombala for approximately 15 years and all extended family also reside here.

Karen moved back to this region approximately a year ago with her young daughter.

She has always involved herself with the public and wider community through her work roles.

 Karen has a long history of management in the retail sector and was responsible for organising many community events. 

One such event was establishing a knitting group to make beanies and scarves for homeless people. 

She loves reading, spending time with family, craft and being a mum. 

Karen became interested in the Transconnect project as she wants to be able to get to know people in the community and to be involved in a project that will be highly beneficial to residents in the area of all ages. 

As Karen formerly resided in Dubbo she had access to many forms of public transport and said that transport services are very lacking in the Bombala Council area. 

Passengers can expect a bright happy face, great conversation, being helpful, a safe trip and excellent customer service.ct you may meet Joe, Steve or Karen.

Meet the team – Steven Redden, Karen Hampshire and  Joe Ippolito.

Meet the team – Steven Redden, Karen Hampshire and Joe Ippolito.