Trial Of Ferry Service Between Geelong And Melbourne To Start In 2019

Trial Of Ferry Service Between Geelong And Melbourne To Start In 2019

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Ferry Good News For Geelong So Time To Get Onboard

Victor P Taffa

Residents in Geelong will have another transport option to Melbourne, with the Andrews Government backing a trial of a ferry service between Geelong and Melbourne.

“A ferry service between Geelong and Melbourne doesn’t just benefit commuters it’s a major boost for tourism to our second biggest city.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“Victorians are getting onboard we’ve seen a take up of 6,000 passengers a month on the Portarlington to Docklands ferry now Geelong locals will have another transport option.”

In what is also expected to be a big boost to tourism to Melbourne’s second city, this three-year trial will start early in 2019.

“This will see tourism continue to grow in Victoria’s second biggest city, supporting jobs and our local economy, as well as giving workers another travel option between our two great cities.” Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said.

New ferry trial follows the successful delivery of Labor’s election commitment that has seen a ferry operate between Portarlington and Docklands.

“We promised that we’d deliver a ferry service to Portarlington and we delivered. This builds on that service and gives Geelong commuters and tourists that alternative travel option they need.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

Over 6,000 people a month have used the Portarlington Ferry Service, providing a new alternative way to get to the city, with this figure doubling during the peak summer season.

“This is great news for Geelong and continues our work to give locals and tourists the transport services they need. This is about jobs and ensuring Geelong remains a great place to live and work.” Member for Geelong Chris Couzens said.

State Government will invest $6 Million to fund the trial for 3 years with the first service expected to run early next year. This funding certainty means that Port Phillip Ferries can now get on with ordering the state-of-the art high speed ferry needed to deliver these new services.

“We are thrilled to confirm that the Geelong to Melbourne ferry service has been given the green light by the State Government of Victoria. My vision for Port Phillip Ferries has always been about making ferry travel accessible to as many Victorian’s as possible. This takes us one step closer to that vision.” Port Phillip Ferries Owner Paul Little said.

This is in addition to the $15 Million Portarlington Safe Harbour development which was completed in February this year, supporting the Bellarine Peninsula’s growing aquaculture industry and helping boost tourism.