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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
A catamaran from Geelong to Burnie!
Another wild idea from City Hall. Okay, nice idea to have a quick trip from Geelong to Tasmania but in a catamaran across Bass Strait? Rough sea - seasickness and could tumble.
Local leaders weigh in on Geelong to
Burnie catamaran plan
JULY 13, 20151:38PM
CLIVE Palmer has weighed in
on Senator Jacqui Lambie and Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons’ push for a catamaran
service across Bass Strait, accusing them of watering down a Palmer United
Mr Palmer said plans for better transportation links across Bass
Strait would already be well advanced if Senator Lambie, who split from the PUP
in November, had not turned her back on the people of Tasmania to become an
He dismissed Senator Lambie and Cr Lyons’ push for a high-speed
catamaran, which would cost about $100 million to build, as “mere lip service”.
On Friday Cr Lyons and Senator Lambie teamed up in Geelong to
announce a bid for a daily, high-speed catamaran services between Geelong and
Burnie. Senator Lambie said the huge catamarans could cross the strait in
less than four hours, carrying up to 800 passengers and 400 cars, and that such
a service would boost the ailing economies of both cities.
Cr Lyons said the Geelong council was going to form a strategic
partnership with Senator Lambie to push for the funding to start the project.
But Mr Palmer said there was nothing new in the idea.
“This is a watered down idea taken from original Palmer United Party
policy developed from the grassroots by our Tasmanian leader Kevin Morgan,’’ Mr
“The Palmer United Party had developed significant planning and
budgeting for a much more substantial model than Senator Lambie is proposing,
which would have been closer to delivery for the people of Tasmania if she
hadn’t deserted the party.
“There is nothing new in this idea. If Senator Lambie did not break
ranks with the Palmer United Party and instead remained loyal and voted with
the balance of power in the Senate she would have been able to deliver this
service for the people of Tasmania instead of paying it lip service.”
Meanwhile the proposed catamaran builder Incat said Tasmanians were
keen for a high-speed service between Geelong and Burnie and that the boat
would cost about $100 million to construct.
Ms Benson said the project needed funding and a ship operator before
any works would start on a 135m vessel, which would take up to two years to
“There’s been quite a push for this in Tasmanian news. I’d use it,”
Ms Benson said.
“It was quite a platform of (Senator Lambie’s) when she was
campaigning in the beginning. There have been discussions on and off over a
number of years for a service to a southern Victorian port.”
Meanwhile back home, the joint bid has surprised local leaders.
G21 chief Elaine Carbines said the first she had heard of the
proposal was when she opened theGeelong Advertiseron Saturday.
She said, while she’d welcome a feasibility study and business case,
she wasn’t sure there was much of a demand locally.
“I’m not convinced there’s a call for such a journey, but I’m happy
to be convinced otherwise. You can’t have a closed mind about new ideas,” she
While the grand plan has attracted some criticism that Geelong was
punch drunk with priority projects, Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine head
Roger Grant said the idea was worth exploring.
He said, regardless of whether people wanted to travel directly
between Geelong and Burnie or not, it was about creating a market rather than
just responding to it.
“(Senator Lambie and Cr Lyons) are very passionate people with
agendas, and both agendas seem to be about growing the Geelong economy. You can
be cynical but you can’t knock the basic premise upon which they’re coming
from,” he said.
Babasiga (pronounced bambasinga) is the dry land of Macuata in northern Fiji - our place in the sun in Fiji. Peceli is from Fiji from the village is Vatuadova and the beach is Nukutatava. Peceli Ratawa passed away on 27th December 2015 so this is Wendy's blog now. Wendy is an Australian and today live in Geelong, Australia.