LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE
The Mayor, presumably representing Council, has suggested that since ferry numbers have increased over the years, people north of the River should be happy!!
What an awful slap in the face! It shows no empathy with the North and South Douglas communities, nor respect for irate travellers.
To top things off, Council has made two further amazing decisions
An amount of $4,000,000 will be set aside for a potential disaster. This seems to assume that no State of Federal help would be forthcoming. The figure of $4m coincides with the accumulated amount in the Ferry Reserve. How convenient!
The $500-600,000 annual excess will not be allocated to north of the river improvements (as was conceived over the years), but will instead go to consolidated revenue. Based on the current year budget, this does not include comprehensive ferry improvements.
Yet it is possible to make some real advances before the 2018 season, as well as longer term planning for the next ferry contract.
Where is the evidence that Council has addressed: * automatic safety gates, * advance ticketing * proper receipting to facilitate return journeys * two-tier pricing * download point at ferry * traffic lanes * options of a bigger ferry, a second ferry, or a bridge possible sites for any second ferry or bridge solution community engagement in its ferry processes?
Councillors, please take control of this unfolding debacle.