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Bendigo's Nightrider bus service has collapsed due to a lack of consistent funding.
For the past three years, the bus has operated in the early hours of Sunday morning, ferrying nightclub patrons home.
In a recent deal licensed venues agreed to contribute to the operating costs, with the Greater Bendigo Council paying for half of the service.
But Sue Clarke, chair of the Safe Community Forum, says some of those venues have now reneged on the deal.
"I'm very disappointed because this is not something that has been easy to continue, to have funding made available for," she said.
"But it's a very important issue, we believe, for the safety of getting people home after they've had a night out in town.
"I'd have to say I'm very disappointed that the agreement that we had struck is no longer in place.
"I think this is a case of probably not understanding that in regard to things like the Nightrider bus that there is responsibility which needs to be shared. That responsibility was agreed to be shared by the proprietor owners and venues and council but obviously others have changed their mind."
The Liquor Accord Group says the Nightrider had poor patronage and the cost distribution among venues was inequitable.
Spokesman Andrew Lethlean, who also owns Star Bar, Pug Mahones and Metro, says venues have been hit hard by the increase in liquor licence fees.
He says one of the issues was that only a handful of venues were contributing to the service.
"There should have been a larger group," he said.
"You've got three o'clock venues that weren't even open or operational during the time when the bus started.
"When you look at the numbers that were being taken to and from, if you've got an operational time of between two and five o'clock in the morning, if it's only going to go from one end of town every hour, it's just not a feasible operation to use."
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