Published 4 April 2008
Auckland City Council’s transport committee will get a report on the fate of the Great Barrier Island Sealink ferry services’ city berth “when there is certainty”.
The island’s community board resolved on 17 March to tell numerous people holding sway over its affairs – the Minister of Tourism & Rural Affairs, Minister of Transport, the Auckland Regional Council, Auckland Regional Holdings and this committee – of the board’s extreme concern that the island might lose its freight, vehicular & tourist passenger ferry services in the current debate over the future of the Wynyard Wharf area, which had served the island for 23 years, and urged the parties to resolve their issues with Sea+City Ltd (an Auckland Regional Holdings subsidiary) as quickly as possible.
All the city council committee was going to do was note the islanders’ concern and recognise the need for ongoing ferry services. Committee chairman Ken Baguley said: “Somewhere in that redevelopment there’s a commitment that that service will be catered for.”
However, Cllr Graeme Easte said the committee needed to make an active response and won support to get a staff report “as soon as some certainty surrounds the waterfront development.”
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Attribution: Council committee agenda & meeting, story written by Bob Dey for this website.