Shared from the 12/5/2018 Portside Messenger eEdition

NEW PORT FOR CLIPPER SHIP

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The City of Adelaide clipper ship. Picture: BIANCA DE MARCHI

THE City of Adelaide Preservation Trust is “hopeful” the historic clipper ship will have a new home within a year. The move comes after trust director Peter Christopher met with Premier Steven Marshall and Transport Minister David Ridgway. THE City of Adelaide Preservation Trust is “hopeful” the historic clipper ship will have a new home within a year.

The move comes after trust director Peter Christopher recently met with Premier Steven Marshall and Tourism Minister David Ridgway to tour the ship, which is currently on a temporary barge at Port Adelaide.

Environment Minister David Speirs and Planning Minister Stephan Knoll are also planning to tour the 124-year-old passenger ship in the coming months.

Mr Christopher said the visits represented the first real interest from the State Government, which – under the previous Labor administration – had outsourced finding a permanent home for the boat to Renewal SA.

He believed the trust was a step closer to achieving its vision of re-enacting a “seaport village” around the clipper ship, akin to Ballarat’s tourist attraction Sovereign Hill.

“Certainly the indications are with this government that they are engaging at a ministerial level to a far greater extent than the former government,” Mr Christopher said.

“It would be good if we could be on land inside a year. We don’t want to be celebrating the sixth year since its arrival still on a temporary barge.”

Mr Christopher said a permanent home for the 1864 ship – which returned to South Australia from Scotland in 2014 after a long battle to bring it home – would make a “big difference” to Port Adelaide.

According to figures collected by the trust, the ship attracts about 30,000 visitors each year. Mr Knoll said the government had put a number of alternative locations for the boat “on the table” and it was working closely with the trust to find a suitable place.

Mr Speirs last week wrote to trust chairman Creagh O’Connor to say he wanted “to gain a further understanding of the opportunity this asset presents to South Australia and to engage in genuine discussions on its future”.

The ship had to move 200m closer to the lighthouse in January to make way for Starfish Development’s planned residential project at Dock One.

Renewal SA last year designated Dock Two as the preferred relocation site, but the City of Adelaide Preservation Trust had reservations.

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