New ferry pledge still all at sea

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to in­tro­duc­ing a Ho­bart to Bel­lerive ferry ser­vice — but can’t say when it will be op­er­at­ing.

A con­sul­tant’s re­port on the shape the ser­vice might take was de­liv­ered a year ago, but there has been no news of progress since.

Gov­ern­ment Busi­nesses Scru­tiny Com­mit­tees heard the Gov­ern­ment had missed a dead­line of Septem­ber to be­gin plan­ning the in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the ser­vice.

In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Michael Fer­gu­son said the Der­went ferry plan was be­ing con­sid­ered by a work­ing group.

He did not re­veal a time­frame for the work­ing group to re­port, nor did he di­rectly an­swer ques­tions about when fer­ries might be­gin op­er­at­ing.

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