Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AN an­nounce­ment by Trans­port Min­is­ter Bill Marmion that ex­pan­sion of the much-needed Swan River ferry ser­vice is im­mi­nent.

Well, hope­fully this an­nounce­ment will be in 2016 and not an­other Ellenbrook rail­way line thought bub­ble.

Given that pa­tron­age has dou­bled this year with a 95 per cent sat­is­fac­tion rate among ferry pas­sen­gers, the new ser­vices to East Perth, the new foot­ball sta­dium and Point Walter will be pop­u­lar attractions for lo­cal res­i­dent, tourists and se­niors who wish to have a day on the Swan River.

Hope­fully, at Transperth prices.

The biggest chal­lenge will be for the City of South Perth Coun­cil.

If they want these ser­vices to suc­ceed, they will need to re­jig event park­ing at Mends Street and Coode Street jet­ties at af­ford­able prices.

An $80 park­ing fine for a fun day on the river will not be ac­cept­able. BILL GLEESON For­mer City of South Perth Coun­cil­lor, South Perth.

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