© Cory Hurley
Steady Brook Coun. Leona Gillette takes notes during Saturday’s Great Humber Joint Council meeting in Norris Point.
Area municipal representatives will keep speaking to what they are calling deaf ears with respect to concerns over Marine Atlantic.
However, there is also talk about a different approach.
When the Great Humber Joint Council met Saturday, May 31 in Norris Point, news the ferry service between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia was being scaled back was a few days old.
It still wasn’t sitting well with a number of the region’s council members though.
With Marine Atlantic costs and services frequenting the council agenda over the years, and their lobbying efforts described as unsuccessful, Steady Brook Coun. Leona Gillette suggested it is time to turn their attention to a fixed link.
“We are making a big mistake, all of us,” she said. “We attend these conventions and we should be kicking up more fuss about getting that tunnel across. That is our future. That is our sanctuary for Newfoundland.”
Gillette said it is obvious from the amount of groceries at stores in the region when the ferry is not sailing.
“All the shelves are empty,” she said.
“If you have to go a week without transport trucks coming in, you can hardly get anything at the grocery stores.”
Other councillors noted the quality of the produce when it arrives late, while the same was noted in terms of stock for appliance and retail stores.
Lark Harbour Mayor John Parsons agreed with Gillette on the need for a fixed link. He said it is time to gather information on the concept.
“Nobody has been able to explain to me why it can’t be done,” he said. “With technology as it is today, they can whip across there.
“The costs associated with it is down to half a billion dollars, the last figure I have gotten. Why wouldn’t you start working toward that?”
The joint council agreed to contact Gerry Byrne, Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte Liberal Commons member, to seek some direction on how best to voice their displeasure on Marine Atlantic’s decision and begin lobbying for a fixed link.