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Museum Update

Thursday, September 05, 2019


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Community consultation on management strategy for Kingston and Cascade Ports

Friday, August 30, 2019



The Australian Government wants to hear from the Norfolk Island community on best options for the long-term management of Cascade and Kingston Ports.


With reliable and safe port operations essential to the economic wellbeing of the Norfolk Island community, a Ports Management Strategy is being developed by Grosvenor Performance Group.


Current issues and potential solutions will be explored with a wide range of local stakeholders, drawing on the expertise and knowledge of the Norfolk Island community.


Driven by community consultation and best practice, the strategy development project will consider sustainable sea-freight arrangements, landside infrastructure and operational requirements for the two ports.


Information on Norfolk Island’s ports will be combined with investigations into the freight industry in the South Pacific to identify appropriate options for future port management and infrastructure for the Island’s unique circumstances.


A community engagement plan has been developed, using the principles of the Community Engagement Framework which was co-designed by the Norfolk Island community and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. A fact sheet on the project can be found on the Department’s website at www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/currentconsultations/index.aspx.


Grosvenor’s first on-Island engagement will occur in the week of September 23. Invitations to workshops and interviews are being sent out to stakeholders and there will also be a pop-up engagement stall during this week. There will be a second set of sessions later in the year, at which the options for future management will be tested with the community.


Project documents will be available from the Department’s website as the project progresses. In addition to the on-Island sessions, Grosvenor Performance Group has set up a dedicated email address, which can be used to communicate with the project team. The address is NIPortsProject@grosvenorpg.com.au.


Eric Hutchinson

August 2019

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Air passengers to Norfolk Island boost tourism and economy

Friday, August 30, 2019



Some 30,000 people travelled to Norfolk Island as air passengers in 2018-19, boosting the Island’s tourism activity and economic opportunities.


With the Australian Government committed to keeping the local community informed on services and trends, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development has now released the second Airline Services for Norfolk Island fact sheet, summarising passenger data for the second half of the 2018-19 financial year.


Norfolk Island’s regular passenger air services are underwritten by the Australian Government and provided by Air New Zealand (Air NZ), to support the local community and economy.


This arrangement keeps ticket prices within a specified range to protect travellers from price fluctuations resulting from fuel cost changes and other factors.


The majority of people who came to Norfolk Island during 2018-19 were tourists – 73 per cent of total travellers – with the remainder of passengers visiting family and friends (8 per cent), coming for business (4 per cent), or Island residents (15 per cent).


Travellers coming to Norfolk Island from mainland Australia made up 94 per cent of all travellers in the past financial year. The next largest group over the period, at four per cent, came from New Zealand. Least common were travellers coming from Europe or other regions. Almost 80 per cent of visitors flying to Norfolk Island are aged 51 years and over.


Air NZ provides a core service of two flights per week from Brisbane and two flights per week from Sydney. In addition to the twice-weekly core service, there are three flights per week from mid-September to end-April between Sydney and the Island.


Air NZ started using the new A320neo aircraft on the Brisbane-Norfolk Island route in May 2019, with the new aircraft to be introduced on the Sydney route over the next year. The new aircraft provides the same capacity as the previous aircraft but with new seating and in-flight entertainment. Every Air NZ flight from Australia to Norfolk Island also has freight capacity. Air NZ prioritises air freight, such as medical supplies and mail. 


The airline actively promotes Norfolk Island as a destination through its website at www.airnewzealand.com.au/destination-norfolk-island. This site also contains additional information about airline services to Norfolk Island.


The Australian Government also subsidises additional dedicated air freight flights through its contract with TOLL. The schedule of the TOLL freight flights is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development website at https://www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/Norfolk-Island-Air-Freight-Services.aspx.


Growth of the Norfolk Island tourism industry continues to be a Government priority. The Air New Zealand and Unique Tourism Collection annual Norfolk Island briefing recently took place in Sydney on August 21, where I joined a range of Australian Government representatives, Norfolk Island Regional Council, Air New Zealand officials and key Norfolk Island and mainland industry partners to discuss recent statistics and trends and future marketing plans. Stakeholders agreed it is in everyone’s interests to foster sustainable growth in tourism numbers to Norfolk Island.


Both fact sheets on airline services for Norfolk Island can be found at https://www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/Norfolk-Island-Air-Services.aspx.


Eric Hutchinson

July 2019

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Introduction to Daylight Saving Time in 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019



As you are aware, Norfolk Island residents and businesses will shortly begin observing and enjoying Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Norfolk Island.


Each year, from the first Sunday in October, clocks on Norfolk Island will need to be moved forward one hour and then back one hour on the first Sunday in April. In 2019, DST will begin at 2am on Sunday 6 October and end at 2am on Sunday 5 April 2020.


It will be the first time DST is observed on Norfolk Island, after the community decided to enable more hours of daylight in the evening for recreation, health and wellbeing, as well as more time for tourist activities.


In 2017, the Norfolk Island Regional Council put a call out for the community’s perspective on the introduction of DST and 85 per cent of respondents strongly supported a change to Norfolk Island time through the warmer months.


Observing DST will also ensure that Norfolk Island remains one hour ahead of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory, and one hour behind New Zealand, all year round.


This will provide the benefit of consistency for business and tourism with the mainland and New Zealand.


To ensure the successful implementation of DST, my office and the Department have been working with the Norfolk Island Regional Council, as well as stakeholders on and off Island, to ensure the community and businesses are well prepared for the change.


We have also prepared a handy fact sheet which is available here: www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/governance/daylight-savings.aspx


Eric Hutchinson

August 2019

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Culvert Replacement - Cascade Road and Youngs Road

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

Thursday, August 29, 2019



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Dark Sky Town

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Public Reserves on Norfolk Island

Thursday, August 29, 2019



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Tourism News 29 August 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019



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Aerial Baiting for Argentine Ants

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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