The Canberra Times brings word that Chief Minister Gallagher is drawing up plans to return responsibility for the tiny patch of Jervis Bay that the ACT still delivers services to.
Ms Gallagher says it is ”crazy” for the territory to continue to provide child protection, schools, courts and even driving licences to a community 263km away.
The ACT Government wants the arrangements changed so that services would be delivered to Jervis Bay, where ACT laws apply, by the NSW Government from the nearby town of Nowra.
Since it was surrendered to the Commonwealth in 1915, so Canberra would have a ”seaport”, the enclave, which is a Commonwealth Territory and not part of the ACT, has been administered from the nation’s capital.
It seems unlikely Jervis Bay will get the road and rail links to be a major port in our lifetimes, is there any good reason to continue the charade?