Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Uber Eyes off Regions Uber Looks to Regions; Taxi Chair Welcomes Competition

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Uber Eyes off Regions Uber Looks to Regions; Taxi Chair Welcomes Competition

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Byline: Matt Harris matthew.harris@gladstoneobserver.com.au

RIDE-sharing giant Uber will soon expand into regional Australia, with plans to have cars driving in Gladstone before Christmas.

Uber expects to launch its service in Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

The company will also launch in regional towns across Victoria and New South Wales.

While the service is popular in major cities, there are doubts it will be viable in a regional centre such as Gladstone.

Uber Queensland state manager Alex Golden said the Uber's arrival would provide residents an alternative form of transport and potential job opportunities.

"More than 3.8 million Australians already use Uber to get around their city, and we're excited to bring ride-sharing to some of Queensland's regional areas," Mr Golden said.

"We're confident that this will provide a new way for locals to get from A to B safely and affordably. This also presents a great opportunity for members of the community who want to sign up to earn some extra money, while maintaining flexibility."

Mr Golden expected the service to be its busiest on weekends and during major events.

Allan Rowe, chairman of Blue and White Taxis Gladstone, which has been operating in Gladstone since 1983, isn't convinced Uber will work in Gladstone. …

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