Mayor Alistair Sowman has asked Hon Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Transport, to release a report prepared by Covec Limited on the likely economic impacts on Marlborough of a new ferry terminal at Clifford Bay.
‘I am concerned that the Government has underestimated the economic impact of a move to Clifford Bay on the Picton economy in particular. There seems to be an assumption within Government that Picton will be able to transform itself into a Queenstown of The Top of the South. However Picton has to rely on a summer tourism season only and Marlborough lacks critical infrastructure such as an international airport compared to Queenstown.’ Says Mayor Sowman
Council is holding public meetings on 11 and 12 February to discuss the impact of Clifford Bay on the Region.
The Covec Report would be a useful resource for these meetings. Feedback from the meetings will be collated into a report for Council which will also be forwarded to the Government.