The Rotary Club of Kingston welcomed guests to hear Bob Clifford speak on the impact of ferries on the Derwent at Margate Bowls Club on Monday 27th Nov.
Scott Dufty( Manager at Kingborough Community Enterprise Centre ) along with Franklin preselection candidates David O'Byrne (labour) and Claire Chandler (liberal) were present.
Dr. Robert "Bob" Frederick Clifford AO, (born in Tasmania, Australia), and now living in Surrey, England, is an Australian shipbuilder, entrepreneur, and businessman, best known for his success in building his Incatcatamaran building company into an international brand that sells wave piercing catamaran ferries all over the world including to the US military and many European ferry operators. There are many Ferries operating Brisbane, Sydney Harbour and Darwin.
A ferry system for Tourists and commuters that linked with buses would be an asset for Tasmania. At a time where transport across regions is a community concern, the waterway travel needs close consideration. If ferry terminals were well placed such as those pontoons along the Brisbane river and utilising key jetty points already accessible, with parking and bus community circuits then the Derwent waterways would be well utilised.
The tourist and community numbers are increasing rapidly with housing developments across the Kingborough Community.
President Roger Bastone extended invitations to community leaders, Rotarians and guests. Question time was ably chaired by Geoffrey Hazell.
In 2016 Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding contacted Hobart City Council, followed by two meetings in April and July this year.
“The State Government is keenly interested in the potential for river-based public passenger transport and is addressing deeply entrenched policy barriers to this becoming a reality sometime in the future,”
Rotary guests continued discussion well past the close of the meeting, which was well catered for by the Margate Bowls Club.