Test­ing the wa­ter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

A SOUTH Perth res­i­dent has launched the first elec­tric ferry that can carry up to 11 pas­sen­gers and links El­iz­a­beth Quay and East Perth.

A SOUTH Perth res­i­dent has suc­cess­fully launched the first of two pro­posed elec­tric fer­ries link­ing El­iz­a­beth Quay and East Perth.

At 10m long, the Lit­tle Ferry Com­pany ves­sels carry up to 11 pas­sen­gers on the river be­tween El­iz­a­beth Quay and Claise­brook in East Perth.

Lit­tle Ferry Com­pany cre­ator Kevyn Town­ley said the fer­ries would tar­get tourists and lo­cals seek­ing to ex­peri- ence Perth in a unique way.

“In my view, Perth is big enough for a ven­ture like this and the open­ing of El­iz­a­beth Quay is a mag­i­cal time to be our there hav­ing a go,” Mr Town­ley said. “And elec­tric boats, there’s just some­thing a lit­tle bit spe­cial about them.”

Riders on the Ed­war­dianstyled boat can ex­pect live com­men­tary on the city’s fo­cal points and sig­nif­i­cant in­dige­nous places around the river.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi said the ser­vice would be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the El­iz­a­beth Quay devel­op­ment.

“It would pro­vide a trans­port op­tion for lo­cals and tourists that has been miss­ing from our wa­ter ways,” she said. “A dis­tinc­tive ves­sel on the Swan River would com­ple­ment Perth’s de­vel­op­ing tourism mar­ket and show­case our gor­geous sky­line from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.”

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