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Strong community engagement on Kingston Pier Channel proposal

Together with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, I would like to thank the range of stakeholders from the Norfolk Island community for their input to discussions on the proposed Kingston Pier Channel construction project.

The proposal, to deepen and widen the Kingston Pier channel, was raised with Assistant Minister Marino during her visit to Norfolk Island in late 2019.

The purpose would be to improve access and safety, and to ensure the Pier meets required navigation standards.

Consultants Advisian and Consult Marine undertook a ‘listening tour’ in February engaging with a large number of people with a wide range of interests in the project. 

The community provided insightful and valuable feedback, both historical and current. This feedback will support the development of a concept design for the project.

A range of topics were discussed regarding current operations in the channel and future expectations in relation to the proposed works.

Key themes heard from multiple stakeholder groups included:

  • Ensuring continuation of pier operations during the construction phase
  • Ensuring minimal impact on the marine environment
  • Accommodation of a range of vessels used in various pier operations
  • Enhancement of access in and out of the channel for the various vessel operators.

Broader public consultation is scheduled to take place in mid-April and will include feedback on the concept design.

It is important to keep in mind that these consultations are part of the design stage for the project. Progression to the construction stage would be subject to funding being made available in the context of other priorities.

Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island
March 2020