On 5 December, Council issued a two-week suspension notice and compliance notice to the operator of the Coochiemudlo barge services to address the breaches of their permit, including failure to operate in accordance with permit conditions.
As a consequence of the suspension, Council has contracted the Amity Trader to provide a regular scheduled service over the next fortnight (added by CoochieIsland.com: this covers the period to 19th December) as an interim arrangement. This service is running according to the normal operating timetable.
Council regulates barge and ferry services at ramps/jetties that it controls (including Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island) but does not seek to interfere with private sector competition.
However, in response to the recent failures of barge services to the island, Council has decided to intervene to ensure a temporary replacement service is available. Council is bearing the cost of the replacement service and fares collected by the contracted barge operator will be paid to Council.
Council has also made arrangements to ensure essential community and emergency services are available to the Island.
Council will continue to work with operators to identify a permanent solution for the barge service to the island and will provide updates as they become available, through Council’s website, facebook, public notices at the Coochiemudlo jetty or by phoning 3829 8873.
Download your copy of the announcement or go to the original announcement: http://redland.qld.gov.au/AboutRedlands/coochiemudloisland/Pages/Coochie-barge.aspx