KING ISLAND CHAOS CONTINUES
09 May 2017
JUSTINE KEAY MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BRADDON
SHANE BROAD MP
STATE MEMBER FOR BRADDON
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay has questioned the lack of sailings of the Investigator II between Devonport and King Island.
‘In the last fortnight the main sailings of the interim service have been to Stanley, which brings into question Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding being on record saying that there will be at least three sailings a week,” Ms Keay said.
“There is only one sailing scheduled for this week, so when will the other sailings be scheduled?
“This fortnight’s sailings also suggest that livestock is being prioritised over other freight.”
Ms Keay has written to Premier Will Hodgman urging him to visit the island to hear concerns about interim shipping arrangements.
“While I have forwarded on 19 questions for the Premier about the current shipping services on King Island, he needs to hear from residents and business owners first hand,” Ms Keay said.
“I welcome Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding’s invitation to attend a briefing with Tasports on the issues and Mr Hodgman needs to visit King Island to ensure the community can be reassured about the Government’s arrangements.”
State Member for Braddon Shane Broad supported the call for the Premier to visit and said the number of issues raised at Monday’s meeting on the island reaffirmed that there were a number of unresolved issues.
“Mr Hidding is on the record saying that the Investigator II will be having three sailings a week, but on Tasports own website it is reported that at best it is doing two sailings a week,” Dr Broad said.
“In the meantime there are a number of concerns about freight, livestock and increasing costs.
“The Government’s communication on this whole debacle has been terrible and they need to start providing answers to King Islanders.”
Ms Keay said the King Island community were seeking certainty and that Mr Hodgman needed to intervene in the chaos.
“Following my visit to the Island last week I can say with confidence that the overwhelming view is that the current shipping arrangement is unacceptable and will not meet the island’s needs,” Ms Keay said.
“Living on an island already has its own challenges and the last thing King Island residents need is doubts about the long term viability of an essential service such as shipping.”