A new web app designed to help patrons safely get home from pubs and clubs across Lake Macquarie has been launched in time for the festive season.
Launched by Lake Macquarie Liquor Accord on Monday, the new web app debuts with 21 licensed premises across the city.
Users will be able to browse courtesy bus timetables, pick-up and drop-off points for each listed venue, seating capacity and details about disability access.
People accessing the web app via mobile devices can also direct-dial individual clubs' courtesy bus services.
Lake Macquarie Deputy Mayor Cr Nick Jones and Lake Macquarie Liquor Accord Chair and Belmont 16s CEO Scott Williams launched the initiative this week.
"A healthy night-time economy improves the liveability of Lake Macquarie and helps the City realise its potential as a major economic driver within the Hunter region," Cr Jones said.
"Creating safe and vibrant centres and supporting public transport were among the priorities received from community feedback during consultation for our Night-time Economy Action Plan.
"This new online service supports the Lake Macquarie community to participate in evening and night-time activities."
Scott Williams said access to transport was one of the key connectivity challenges in Lake Macquarie.
"The Liquor Accord is pleased to provide an innovative solution designed to increase community connectedness," Mr Williams said.
"We thank our local design partners, Zimple, for building a progressive web app that is simple and easy to use."
The Courtesy Bus web app is available for all licensed premises that are members of the Lake Macquarie Liquor Accord, including:
- Belmont 16s
- Belmont Golf Club
- Belmont Hotel
- Cardiff RSL
- Caves Coastal Bar
- Central Leagues Club
- Club Charlestown
- Club Redhead
- Dora Creek Workers
- Edgeworth Tavern
- Gateshead Tavern
- Gunyah Hotel
- Lake Macquarie Yacht Club
- Marks Point Sports Club
- Pelican RSL
- Pippi's at the Point
- Swansea Workers Club
- Toronto Diggers
- Toronto Workers Club
- Warners Bay Sports Club
- Windale Gateshead Bowling Club
Access the web app at courtesybus.com.au. The site can also be saved to your mobile device home-screen.
The Lake Macquarie Courtesy Bus Promotion Project is funded through the Liquor Accord Grants Program 2019.