After months of delays by Council staff who were asked by the Director of Infrastructure to explore all options, NSPA sent an email to ask where the survey was at and within two weeks a trial was announced for electronic ticketing. This speed of response   is most unusual for Council  as staff often take months  to set up trials etc. Rumours are circulating to the effect that the ferry operators are worried they won’t get the amounts right. Numerous objections  to electronic ticketing have been raised by the Fleet Manager including the weather.

The Council is trialling square technology, possibly March, April.

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE    NSPA GENERAL MEETING AT THE FIRE BRIGADE ON WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY  2019  at 7PM where this trial and Council’s proposal to use angle parking on our side of the ferry instead of the current arrangement are causing us concern. Tea and coffee will be served.

All are welcome whether or not you’re a member. “A voice unheard is a voice unrepresented”

The Mayor is astonished that cash is still the usual method of payment by residents.

Enquiries to Carla McKern Acting President M. 0412 385 805



Posted by: northsidepa | February 6, 2019

Council will trial electronic payment for ferries

The Residents’  Survey contacted by the NSPA last year  indicated that the majority of residents wanted some form of electronic payment although it was thought that some provision  for cash needed to be made. After months and month of  thinking this was in Council’s”Black Hole” we lobbied again and have been told that  a trial will be done March/April. We will advise when we have further details as the Council have  said they have explored options and rejected them but we have no information as to  what and why. It would help if you were to contact Council on “Have Your Say’ and express your own views.

The Council has set up an advisory body called the  Council Community Action team that  held the first meeting of  2019 last night.  The short term  priorities for the North Shore were identified as Hibbard ferry hours ( more needed), a toilet to service both the North Beach and the Coal Wharf area, fuelling of Hibbard outside the opening hours, speeding on the roads,  better services when the ferries are being slipped, determination by Council of “Kangaroo Park” custodianship.

Council will ask the CCAT team to vote on these issues.  Other issues will be prioritised over a longer period which will lead to the Community Plan. The Council Executive is working with Councillors to draw up the Budget for 2019-20 which will go on display for community comment.  Again, we encourage you to “Have Your  Say” and/or to contact NSPA with your views. We meet with the Mayor and the Acting Director Infrastructure in March.

Posted by: northsidepa | December 6, 2018

It’s Not Too Late!

To join us for  a  light lunch and celebration for the grant announcement at Coal Wharf this Monday 10 Dec at 12.30pm. The “catering crew” would like to have the numbers for lunch so please contact me on or M. 0411 236 124. Narelle Milligan. Secretary. Northside Progress Association Inc.

Posted by: northsidepa | November 25, 2018

An Invitation

You are invited to the grant announcement for Coal Wharf, North Shore, by Leslie Williams MP on Monday 10th December 2018 at 12.30 pm.

The grant will provide better facilities for visitors to this historic area. We’d love you to share this occasion with us!

Light refreshments  will be provided by the Northside Progress Association and volunteers so for catering numbers, could you please inform us  if you’re attending.

Please contact Narelle Milligan, Secretary. T.65 843 271 M. 0411 236 124

Posted by: northsidepa | November 16, 2018


A resident has warned that a youngish woman from town and  known to police has been  seen on the eastern part of Riverside Dr. It is alleged that money has been taken from a  vehicle, she has trespassed by sleeping in a resident’s unlocked caravan and there’s been one incident of an aggressive attempt to enter a house to obtain money for her habit. The police will come over if there’s evidence.

The resident strongly suggests you don’t offer this woman a lift from the Hibbard ferry and all sheds, caravans, houses etc. should be locked up.  The woman is described as short, “dumpy” with dark hair and a sallow complexion. She tends to come over towards the end of the Centrelink payment period when she runs out of money. As the crime rate here is non-existent or negligible we do get a bit complacent!

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