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Greens Welcome The Slowing Down Hurry-Up

Marlborough Sounds-based Green MP Ian Ewen-Street has welcomed the call from the Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, for immediate speed restrictions on fast ferries in the Marlborough Sounds.

Ian Ewen-Street, whose farm goes right to the water's edge in the Keneperu Sound agreed that coastal erosion was being rapidly accelerated by the wash caused by ferries speeding through the Sounds and that public safety was becoming even more of an issue.

"I congratulate the Minister for changing her position from calling for a measured approach to now calling for immediate action," said Mr Ewen-Street. "The damage to the beaches in the Marlborough Sounds has been of great concern to locals for a number of years now and the Greens give Ms Hobbs their full support in tackling the matter head on."

Mr Ewen-Street said a simple speed reduction on the part of the was not a perfect solution, but one which need not impact on the ferries' ability to run a successful business.

"Not only are the beaches and cliffs of the area being stripped and the delicate ecosystem of the Sounds being disrupted, but the speed of these ferries in recreational waters is very much an issue of public safety," he said.

"The solution to what has fast become a very serious is obvious. These ferries are ruining some of our most precious coastline and they must slow down now," he said.


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