Founding father: David Campbell – with former Premier Nathan Rees and Wollongong MP Noreen Hay at rear – gets off the first Gong Shuttle back in March 2009. Picture: Sylvia Liber
The successful Gong Shuttle was inspired by a bad idea.
Big deal: The Gong Shuttle isn’t just about a free ride – it’s a place for social interaction says its creator David Campbell. Picture: Georgia Matts
The green buses that link key points in the city were the brainchild of David Campbell, the Keira MP who was also Transport Minister and Minister for the Illawarra back in 2009, when they first hit the streets.
Mr Campbell said the spark for the Gong Shuttle was the call for a different bus route, one he just couldn’t get behind.
Not me: Transport Minister Andrew Constance didn’t put his name to the statement announcing the Gong Shuttle would no longer be free from January. Picture: Danny Casey
“There had been chatter in Wollongong for a few years about a shuttle bus that went from the railway