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Barge service between Redcliffe Peninsula and Moreton Island

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Mr Leslie Cannard
80 Moreton Street
Bulwer
MORETON ISLAND Q 4025

Total Signatures - 1943

Sponsoring Member: Hon Yvette D'Ath MP

Posting Date: 14/10/2015

Closing Date: 25/01/2016

Tabled Date: 16/02/2016

Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 14/03/2016

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the need for a reliable, regular, direct and affordable vehicular and passenger barge services between the Redcliffe Peninsula and landings areas at Bulwer and the Wrecks on Moreton Island. The barge service is required for delivery of supplies, rubbish removal from the island and to meet the needs of island residents, ecotourism operators and visitors.

 

Barge services from Redcliffe ceased in 2008 resulting in reduced travel options and longer travel times and costs for locals and visitors, particularly from Brisbane's north side. A government invitation for an Expression of Interest in 2014 has failed to secure the required barge service. To secure a commercially sustainable barge service a coordinate whole-of-government response is required to:

  • identify and develop landing facilities at Redcliffe Peninsular, with particular consideration of options at or near Scarborough Boat Harbour;
  • determine island visitation rates and patterns to be met via the barge service; and
  • establish equitable and realistic commercial terms to attract and retain competent, ethical and financially capable private operators to invest in the barge service and associated facilities.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to ensure that whole-of-government support is provided to secure a commercially viable and sustainable barge service between the Redcliffe Peninsula and landing areas at Bulwer and the Wrecks on Moreton Island, as soon as practically possible.