THESE two stories have no connection but it was a great headline opportunity that could not be ignored.
A political storm erupted last week when the
State Government sold its contract for the New Norfolk bus run to a private operator only days after saying negotiations were only at an early stage. Another issue was the fact no-one was aware Metro was only running the service “on contract” rather than as a part of the government’s community service obligation.
Metro chief executive officer Tony Sim said there would be no noticeable differences after O’Driscoll Coaches take over on December 27, other than different drivers and new buses.
And the other big news in New Norfolk is the opening of a local outlet of the giant Subway sandwich franchise. The move has been the subject of speculation for more than a year and was generally regarded as “one of those New Norfolk rumours” until the Subway signage went up today on the former Lucki’s Takeaway site on the corner of High and Burnett Sts.
This is a prime site in the town and the new business is said to be opening this Wednesday. It is understood the owner has two other Subway franchises in the Hobart area. Good luck to all involved.