The tender to run the fast ferry service is about to be awarded and we have a real concern commuters are likely to get a second-rate service.
By not naming a fixed price for the wharf access fee in the tender, it is clear they are treating the tender process as a grab for cash.
We wrote to the Transport Minister back in August and we reiterate our plea for the price of the wharf access fee to be fixed.
The fast ferry contract should not be determined on who is offering the most money to the Government.
It should be awarded to the company offering the most frequent services, the best customer service, the cheapest fare, and the most reliable and environmentally friendly vessels.
The State Government is throwing all principles of good public transport out the window at our expense.
The Manly community was left in the lurch when the Rees Government axed the JetCat a year ago.
Because of pressure from the community, spearheaded by the Fix Our Ferries Group, the service was put out to tender.
Now we risk losing a good service because the Government is being greedy and seeing the five-year tender as an opportunity to fill their coffers.