The latest claims by Shane Broad about King Island shipping – just like the ones before them – are wrong.
Contrary to Mr Broad’s claims, the costs for transporting a vehicle from Grassy to the mainland remain largely unchanged since the transition from the SeaRoad service, with vehicles up to 4.29 metres in length costing $487 and those up to 5.55 metres being charged $646.
Labor’s other specific claim that there are 30 containers of fertiliser awaiting shipment in Devonport is also wrong. There are 11 in Devonport, and seven are already on the wharf at Grassy.
TasPorts advises that all fertiliser orders will be delivered in time for the seasonal break and this has been made known to freight forwarders on the island.
More broadly, all live cattle shipments to Stanley have been successful with high MSA gradings reported.
There has been, and will be, no “food security” crisis as Labor falsely alleged in Parliament last month.
The Government understands that there will be some teething issues around the new service and we are committed to working closely with all Islanders to ensure these are resolved are soon as possible.
If issues do arise, I urge Islanders to contact my office at the earliest opportunity so that they can be resolved.
I reiterate that this is a medium-term solution brought about at short notice in response to a sudden market failure, and that Tasports intends to replace the vessel with a larger ship and ultimately introduce triangular services to include mainland Australia in its schedule.