Bus Services

Cornerstone College students have access to a number of bus services. The safety and wellbeing of our students is always a priority and we are in regular communication with the bus companies to ensure the best interests of our students are being met.

During road closures resulting in major delays in services, the various bus companies that provide bus services operate under specific guidelines.  Please read below to view each company’s guidelines.  In the event of any major changes to services affecting students, the College will endeavor to send an SMS and/or an email to all families to communicate the circumstances and/or solutions.  We encourage families to discuss their preferred action plan for students to take in the event that a bus is not in operation, delayed or diverted.  For bus inquiries, you can contact Ms Susy Izzo at the College on 8398 6015 or via email on sizzo@cornerstone.sa.edu.au.

Transport Services
* DECD (Mt Barker Primary School) Wistow/Bugle Ranges (MTBHS / CC Shuttle Bus)
* DECD (LinkSA) Harrogate (MTBHS / CC Shuttle Bus)
* DECD (LinkSA) Macclesfield (MTBHS / CC Shuttle Bus)
* DECD (LinkSA) Echunga/Meadows (MTBHS / CC Shuttle Bus)
* DECD (LinkSA) Kanmantoo (Access via Adelaide Road Stop 62)
* DECD (LinkSA) Nairne (Access via Adelaide Road Stop 62)
* DECD (LinkSA) Hahndorf (Access via College Campus)
# SouthLink 852L Langhorne Creek (Access via College Campus)
# SouthLink 880 Lobethal (Access via College Campus)
# SouthLink 835 Lobethal (Access via College Campus)
# SouthLink 837 Nairne (Access via College Campus)
# SouthLink 852L Strathalbyn (country fares may apply) (Access via College Campus)
# SouthLink 868 Aldgate continues as SouthLink 881 Stirling (Access via Adelaide Road Stop 62)
# SouthLink 864F Adelaide City (Access via Adelaide Road Stop 62)
LinkSA Murray Bridge (apply via LinkSA) (Access via Adelaide Road Stop 62)

SouthLink (#)
Southlink is a member of the ATE group. SouthLink operates Metro Services in the Adelaide Hills, Outer South and Outer North of Adelaide. For more information, please contact SouthLink via: info@southlink.com.au, www.southlink.com.au or contact the Mt Barker Depot on 08 8339 7544. Students can purchase Metrocards or, individual trip tickets can be purchased with cash as students embark the bus. For Bus Time Tables or more information visit: www.adelaidemetro.com.au/routes or www.southlink.com.au.

Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) – Applications (*)
Please note all applications that are submitted for the DECD services will be charged one non-refundable processing fee of $20 inclusive of GST. It is recommended that families ascertain eligibility prior to sending in their application to save unnecessary fee charges. This will be charged via your student’s Cornerstone College term fees. Please contact the College for the appropriate application form for the various DECD services.

Eligibility for Non MTBHS students in Years 8 to 12: Distance – Students attending a non-government secondary school are eligible to use a DECD bus service if they live more than five kilometres from the nearest government secondary school, that is their school of right: Mt Barker High School.  Usage – Students must use the bus regularly to maintain eligibility to travel on the bus (ie. travel on the service more than 50% of the time). Eligibility (distance) can be checked by accessing www.whereis.com.au, click on directions, entering in your residential address as the start and Mt Barker High School as the destination. This will give you the distance between your home and Mt Barker High School.

Eligibility for Non MTBHS students in Year 7: In accordance with the DECD School Transport Policy, primary aged students (Reception to Year 7) who have chosen to bypass their local Government primary school and require access to DECD school buses, will not be approved to travel, unless spare seats are available on DECD school buses and they must then also meet the distance, and usage eligibility requirements as per students in Years 8-12s.

Cornerstone Shuttle Bus (CC Shuttle Bus)
The primary purpose of the Shuttle Bus is for the transport of students to and from the College and Mount Barker High School (MTBHS) to utilise the DECD bus services. With written parental/caregiver consent given in student’s diary, and notification given to the College, if there is room, the bus may be used for students to travel to and from the College and St Marks Primary School.

Please note that all the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) buses (except the Kanmantoo, Nairne and the Hahndorf bus) require the students to use the Cornerstone Shuttle Bus to and from the College and MTBHS.

This bus is a LinkSA bus that is contracted to Cornerstone College. This service requires student to use their student ID cards as they alight the bus.  This service incurs a $1 per trip fee that will be charged to student term fees.

This Shuttle Bus picks up Cornerstone College students at 3.20pm at the roundabout on the campus and goes to MTBHS. In the morning it departs MTBHS at 8.35am and travels to Cornerstone College.  Pick up & set down at MTBHS is on Stephenson Rd at the rear entrance to MTBHS. For more information on this service call Cornerstone College or LinkSA.

Changes to DECD Bus services – MTBHS Early Departure and Student Free days (No DECD Buses)
The LinkSA DECD buses, run in line with MTBHS requirements.  As a result, there are days when the DECD buses will depart early and there will be days when the DECD bus services will not be operational.  These changes to the DECD Bus services will be communicated to the community in advance via the connections newsletter and the College website. Students will also be informed via their daily notices.

When the DECD & SHUTTLE BUSES DEPART EARLY at 2.10pm – Please provide a diary note for students to leave early or arrange alternative transport from the College. When there are NO DECD BUSES – Please arrange alternative transport to and from the College.  Please note the College Shuttle Bus will remain in operation as per normal.

Catastrophic Fire Day and Bus Services
On a Catastrophic Fire Day when announced by the CFS for the Mt Lofty Ranges District, Cornerstone College will be closed. No students will be required to attend the College.

DECD bus services will NOT operate on Catastrophic Fire Days.

SouthLink services, LinkSA Murray Bridge, will operate as per normal remaining vigilant via the Country Fire Service to ensure that the environment conditions are safe.  Services will only alter/cease if advised by the CFS that bus services will be travelling or may be travelling in or through an unsafe zone. For more information on buses, you can contact the Mount Barker Park and Ride on 08 8339 7544 between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm.  For inquiries outside of these hours, please contact Adelaide Metro on 1300 311 108.

Flood Warnings / Road Closures and Bus Services
In the event there is severe flooding and or road closures affecting our buses, SouthLink buses and the LinkSA Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) buses, will endeavour to continue to run wherever possible.  Diversions will be put in place where necessary, please expect delays. For more information on buses, you can contact the Mount Barker Park and Ride on 08 8339 7544 between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm.  For inquiries outside of these hours, please contact Adelaide Metro on 1300 311 108.

Cornerstone College – Ms Susy Izzo  |  8398 6015  |  sizzo@cornerstone.sa.edu.au
Mt Barker High School  |  8391 1599  |  www.mtbhs.sa.edu.au
Mt Barker Primary School  |  8391 1241  |  www.mtbarkerps.sa.edu.au
SouthLink  |  8339 7544  |  www.southlink.com.au
LinkSA  |  8532 2633  |  www.linksa.com.au
Adelaide Metro  |  1300 311 108  |  www.adelaidemetro.com.au

Echunga Bus Route
Hahndorf Bus Route
Harrogate Bus Route
Kanmantoo Bus Route
Macclesfield Bus Route
Nairne Bus Route
Mt Barker Primary School (Wistow) DECD Bus 2016 Timetable and Map
Southlink Timetables
Cornerstone College Transport Protocol
Year 7 Application Form DECD Buses 2016
Year 8-12 Application Form DECD Buses 2016
Mt Barker High School Bus Eligibility Guidelines
2016 DECD Bus Services Application Process
Mt Barker Primary School (Wistow) DECD Bus 2016 Application Form
Mt Barker to Murray Bridge and Adelaide
DECD Bus Service Changes for 2016