To: Flinders Island Council, State and Federal Governments

Flinders Island Safe Harbour

Flinders Island Safe Harbour

Support and fund a project to build a safe harbour at Lady Barron on Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Why is this important?

Flinders Island is the largest of the Furneaux Group islands located in eastern Bass Strait. It is home to approximately 800 residents who are mostly involved in primary industry as their livelihood. Tourism also forms a significant part of the local economy with visitors reaching the island by air from Launceston or Melbourne. There is a freight service from Bridport that occasionally ferries visitors. The group of 50 islands offers a stunning cruising ground for boaties of all sorts. Spectacular anchorages adorn the island's coast with white sandy beaches and mountainous vistas. However, it is only the most adventurous sailors that visit the island group primarily because the opportunity to obtain shelter in dangerous weather is limited combined with limited access to supplies. There is a wharf at Lady Barron, a beautiful town on the southern end of Flinders Island. This facility is primarily for commercial vessels and does not facilitate secure, safe and comfortable harbouring for pleasure craft.

This campaign is to register support for recreational sailors and tourism operators that would be interested in visiting Flinders Island if there was a properly constructed safe harbour and marina available for use during their visit. Several studies have been carried out into the feasibility of a harbour and marina at Lady Barron and each have shown that should it be constructed than it would significantly boost the number of visitors to Flinders Island with subsequent benefits to the local economy and employment. The registration of your support and interest in this proposal will assist us in quantifying this potential and provide further evidence of the projects potential benefits.