GIPPSLAND Ports is undertaking a consultation process with all interested stakeholders and community members regarding the future of the Port Franklin Slipway.
Gippsland Ports has for some time been concerned about the future of the Port Franklin Slipway facility, with its reduced patronage, ongoing maintenance, capital and compliance costs, particularly given the relatively close proximity of the under-utilised, larger capacity slipway at Port Welshpool.
Gippsland Ports is seeking community feedback regarding the future of the slipway.
The slipway is currently operated under an agreement with the Port Franklin Public Purposes and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management.
The Gippsland Ports Board in 2017 decided that the Port Franklin Slipway be either closed and decommissioned or responsibility divested to an appropriate third party.
Community views are now being sought to further inform a decision about the future of the slipway.
Gippsland Ports CEO, Chris Waites said: “Gippsland Ports is concerned about the continuing cost of running the slipway and its declining patronage, so we need to talk with users of the slipway and the local community about its future”.
“We appreciate that the slipway has been an important asset for vessel owners in Port Franklin, but the operating costs, along with the need for future maintenance creates a substantial financial burden for the
organisation”, he said.
Interested community members are invited to share their views at a drop-in session and/or roundtable discussion on Wednesday, May 15 at the Port Franklin Hall.
The drop-in session will be held between 1.00pm and 3.00pm with the roundtable discussion commencing at 6.00pm.
Mr Waites said: “If interested community members can’t attend the sessions, they are welcome to contact us and share their views about the slipway and their views will be considered”.