Posted by: northsidepa | March 26, 2019

Electronic Payment Trial for Ferries

The electronic payment trial is still in progress. Please contact NSPA about your experience using the Square Technology.



Posted by: northsidepa | February 20, 2019


A reminder that this meeting of the Northside Progress Association is NEXT week, Wednesday 27th Feb. at 7pm at the Fire Shed. Top agenda items will   be the result of the Council meeting and the plan to paint angle parking lines on our side of the Settlement Pt.  ferry.All welcome whether you’re a member or not. Enquiries: Secretary: 04 1123 6124 (Narelle Milligan)

Posted by: northsidepa | February 18, 2019


A lending library was established under a resident’s  house  some years  back and after the flood of 2013 it was re-established in a  recycled  frig at Ferry Reserve and went very well until some students decide to vandalise it on a number of occasions.

Some keen volunteers have decided to try once more in the same format with the support of the Library who donated books. There has been discussion on vandalism prevention as unfortunately some children were caught on camera and are  living on the North Shore.

Please support us by donating a book. taking a book or if you really love it, put it in your own library. Jigsaws, DVD’s, children’s books and magazines are also part of the lending.

The recycled frig will be decorated and activities are planned to involve younger residents more.  For further information please contact Jennifer Labone M. 0 429 837 804.

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.

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