Port Macquarie-Hastings Council launches ferry SMS alert system

SMS alert: North Shore's Joanne Taylor Northside Progress Association president Carla McKern, Steven Taylor and association secretary Narelle Milligan celebrating the arrival of the SMS ferry alert system from March 1. Photo: Peter Daniels
SMS alert: North Shore's Joanne Taylor Northside Progress Association president Carla McKern, Steven Taylor and association secretary Narelle Milligan celebrating the arrival of the SMS ferry alert system from March 1. Photo: Peter Daniels

North Shore residents, and other regular users of the Settlement Point and Hibbard Ferries will benefit from a new ferry SMS notification service that is being introduced by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The service will send SMS messages to subscriber’s mobile phones when the Settlement Point or Hibbard Ferries are experiencing delays or service disruptions, and provide regular updates on expected ferry restoration times.

The new SMS notification service will commence on Thursday March 1 2018.

Northside Progress Association president Carla McKern said North Shore residents are very happy that we finally have an SMS message system up and running.

“The SMS alert system will be very useful when either ferry is out of service and use or when there are problems with the prevailing weather conditions,” Mrs McKern said.

“Residents really need to know these things.

“This is all about communication and as long as everyone communicates with each other, then there should not be an issue.”

Mrs McKern said the alert system will be particularly vital for emergency services when responding to call outs.

“In that sense it is extremely important,” she added.

The North Shore community, other locals, businesses and tourists all rely on the ferries to cross the Hastings River.

Deputy Mayor Lisa Intemann

The association president said the group is continuing to talk with council about other matters affecting North Shore residents.

Deputy mayor Lisa Intemann said it is important that regular ferry users are kept informed.

“The North Shore community, other locals, businesses and tourists all rely on the ferries to cross the Hastings River,” Cr Intemann said.

“It is important that users are kept informed.

“We understand the inconvenience that these disruptions can cause, and we’ve worked closely with local residents to put in place a system that will improve communications by providing fast and accurate information on what is going on.”

Residents who wish to receive SMS notifications can subscribe to the service at any time by visiting Council’s website at www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/ferry-sms

For further information call council on 6581 8111.

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