Push for car ferry to Phillip Is­land

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

AN idea to link the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula with Phillip Is­land via a car ferry has been floated.

The Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula and Bass Coast shire coun­cils, along with the Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment, are look­ing at de­vel­op­ing a busi­ness case for the ve­hi­cle ferry ser­vice be­tween Stony Point and Cowes.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion will start later this month, with open meet­ings and drop-in ses­sions held in Oc­to­ber.

Bass Coast Shire mayor Pamela Roth­field said link­ing the two tourist des­ti­na­tions had been talked about for a decade.

She said it could help em­ploy­ment, ac­cess to emer­gency ser­vices, public trans­port, tourism and com­mu­nity links.

Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula Shire mayor Bev Colomb agreed a car ferry could work.

The state gov­ern­ment has pro­vided $200,000 to look into its fea­si­bil­ity.

There is al­ready a ferry be­tween the two points, but this doesn’t ac­com­mo­date cars.

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