McGrath floats ferry idea

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE South Perth ferry sys­tem is in need of a re­vamp fol­low­ing the open­ing of El­iz­a­beth Quay, ac­cord­ing to mem­ber for South Perth John McGrath.

Mr McGrath wrote to Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder to seek the re­in­state­ment of the Coode Street ser­vice.

“Now the Mends Street jetty ferry is us­ing El­iz­a­beth Quay, I be­lieve com­muters will be de­mand­ing the ex­pan­sion of the ferry ser­vices to other points,” he said.

“Some of my con­stituents are now ask­ing me ‘why can’t we bring the Coode Street ferry back?’

“The pre­vi­ous La­bor govern­ment shut down the Coode Street jetty in 2005 but lo­cal res­i­dents be­lieve it would be well pa­tro­n­ised.”

While Mr Nalder ap­pre­ci­ated the level of sup­port for the in­tro­duc­tion of a ferry ser­vice to Coode Street he said the sig­nif­i­cant up­grades the jetty re­quired would come at too high a cost.

“I am ad­vised the in­tro­duc­tion of a ferry ser­vice to Coode Street would re­quire sig­nif­i­cant works near the river’s edge, and the ex­ist­ing jetty is not com­pli­ant with the rel­e­vant dis­abil­ity leg­is­la­tion and would re­quire sig­nif­i­cant up­grad­ing to make it ac­ces­si­ble,” he said.

Mr Nalder said the re­open­ing of the Coode Street ser­vice would also re­quire the pur­chase of ad­di­tional fer­ries.

“Given the prior fail­ure of the ser­vice to at­tract rea­son­able pas­sen­ger loads, the cost of the ex­panded fleet, the de­vel­op­ment works re­quired and other de­mands on the trans­port bud­get, it’s dif­fi­cult to jus­tify the ser­vice in the short term,” he said.

He said the Govern­ment would mon­i­tor the de­mand for new ser­vices.

South Perth MLA John McGrath wants the Coode Street ferry rein­tro­duced.

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