Sydney Road Community College best on public transport in the north

Added: 1 May 2012

Jo’s Boys from Sydney Road Community College has taken out the north qualifying heat of the Great Transport Race, proving that when it comes to public transport, they know best.

Twenty five teams from schools in Melbourne’s north went head-to-head today in a race around their local area on public transport. Five teams gained a coveted place in the Great Transport Race grand final which will be held at Federation Square on Tuesday 22 May.

Nicholas Bruno, Sydney Road Community College team captain, was over the moon with the win and can’t wait to take on the grand final.

"Good team work and dedication was key to our success. We also had lots of encouragement and support from our other school team competing. It was a fantastic day and we learnt a lot about travelling on public transport."

The top five teams that will represent the north in the grand final are:

First place: Sydney Road Community College – Jo’s Boys
Second place: Pascoe Vale Girls’ College – Green             
Third place: Reservoir High School – Blue Reens               
Fourth place: Sydney Road Community College – Heather’s Best             
Fifth place: Broadford Secondary College – team 2      

Public Transport Victoria Director of Communication Matt Phelan said the Great Transport Race shows students how easy it is to catch public transport to places in their local area.

“While brushing up on geography skills, students learn safe and independent travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. We hope that participants will now use public transport to get to more places in their community and continue to gain confidence in using Melbourne’s extensive public transport network.”

Teams were challenged to visit 20 pit stops as far reaching as the Northcote Skate Park, Brunswick Library and the Preston Market, to the Melbourne Zoo and Coburg Town Hall. Completing fun activities along the way, teams gained point bonuses as they raced against the clock.

Three more heats in Melbourne’s south, east and west are taking place over the coming fortnight before the CBD-based final on 22 May. The Great Transport Race is open to all Victorian secondary school students in years 7 – 10.