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Keneally Government Sends Sydney Ferries To Melbourne

Victor P Taffa

On my last visit to Melbourne in 2008 the Docklands Harbourside area of Melbourne resembled a construction zone. Even the old Railway Workshops were boarded up.

 

 

Prior to the start of the Collingwood Vs West Coast AFL match at Etihad Stadium a walk along the Harbourside area revealed a complete change to what I saw in 2008.

ex-Sydney Ferry Lady Cutler

ex-Sydney Ferry Lady Cutler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old Railway Workshops has been spruced up with the hoardings gone and Harbourside Esplanade improvements almost complete.

The Westgate Bridge is now known as the Bolte Bridge in honour of former Premier Sir Henry Bolte.

 

ex-Sydney Ferry Lady McKell

ex-Sydney Ferry Lady McKell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The more amusing sight was the permanent mooring of two ex-Sydney Ferries. The Lady Cutler and Lady McKell Sydney Ferries were sitting moored and a construction worker who was on duty in the unfinished central reserve of the Harbourside Esplanade had no idea that the two ferries were from Sydney. He said “They just sit there.” When I told him that they were ex-Sydney ferries I do not think that he really believed me.

 

ex-Sydney Ferry Lady Mckell

ex-Sydney Ferry Lady Mckell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The question that should be asked is did the two ex-Sydney Ferries go to Melbourne on a losing deal similar to the V8 Races at Homebush?

Harbourside Facing Etihad Stadium

Harbourside Facing Etihad Stadium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will all of Sydney Ferries end up in Melbourne?

Central Pier Signage

Central Pier Signage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will the Keneally Government rule out a sell-off of Sydney Ferries?

 

 

Etihad Stadium Signage

Etihad Stadium Signage At Tram Stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why does Privatisation have to be the only answer to improve Sydney Ferries?

 

Rote 75 Tram on Harbourside Esplanade With Inexpensive Cycleway in the Foreground

Route 75 Tram on Harbourside Esplanade With Inexpensive Cycleway in the Foreground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lady Class Ferries may be old and slow but people love them.

Like all Transport issues in New South Wales the Keneally Government seems to be off the track.

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