Port Stephens MP Kate Washington has backed up concerns from Hawks Nest and Tomaree residents about the ongoing incidence of rubbish from the YM Efficiency washing onshore.
Residents report that rubbish continues to appear regularly on Jimmys Beach and around the Fingal Headland.
With school holidays about to begin, residents are particularly concerned about the impact this ongoing rubbish will have on the region’s reputation as a holiday destination.
NSW Maritime has advised residents to report any rubbish they see to 13 12 36.
Locally based contractors from Varley continue to be engaged to respond to the container spill.
During the recent NSW Parliament Budget Estimates Ms Washington put the following questions to the Minister for Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey MP.
The Minister has until 3 October 2018 to respond to these written questions.
Regarding the YM Efficiency container spill off the coast of Hawks Nest:
(a) What un-recovered costs has RMS incurred in responding to this incident?
(b) What costs has the ship’s insurer incurred to date?
(c) How many claims for damage by local commercial fishers have been lodged with the ship’s insurer?
Quotes attributable to Kate Washington MP
“I am concerned about the ongoing damage this container spill is having on our reputation as a picturesque, pristine holiday destination.
“Local contractors Varley have done a fantastic job in responding to rubbish as it is reported, so I encourage any residents who notice rubbish to contact RMS via 13 12 36 so they can keep on top of the situation.
“I have already questioned the Minister about the costs of this operation. I want to ensure the ship’s insurer pays for every cent of this clean up for as long as it takes for the impacts of the spill to end.”
This item was distributed as a media release on Monday 24 September 2018.