Faster fer­ries should knot be a prob­lem

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - PAUL WE­STON

THE ferry sys­tem be­ing planned for the Gold Coast could dou­ble in speed but it will de­pend on the wave im­pact from the lat­est avail­able boats.

Coun­cil­lors at a full meet­ing of the Gold Coast City Coun­cil were unan­i­mous yesterday, back­ing a trial which will cost ratepay­ers about $300,000.

The de­ci­sion means af­ter em­ploy­ing ex­pert con­sul­tants, of­fi­cers by Fe­bru­ary will have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity of a ferry sys­tem on Coast wa­ter­ways.

Coun­cil­lors will re­turn in March to vote on pro­gress­ing the sys­tem in the Nerang River and through­out the Broad­wa­ter. At that meet­ing they will con­sider a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the State Gov­ern­ment which de­ter­mines re­spon­si­bil­ity for is­sues such as fund­ing pon­toons and the tick­et­ing sys­tem.

Coun­cil­lor Tate told the Bul­letin: “This will be mar­ket tested. The pro­po­nent out there will let us know what is the high de­mand (routes).

“This is an­other ex­am­ple where State Gov­ern­ment, City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Wa­ter­ways Au­thor­ity are all aboard.”

Four­teen have been po­ten­tial stops iden­ti­fied from Tip­plers south to Met­ri­con Sta­dium at Car­rara but not all may make it to trial.

Coun­cil­lors were told the trial would see a ferry op­er­ate at the six knot speed limit where re­quired.

But Cr Tate said a wave ex­pert em­ployed for the study meant “there was no prob­lem in crank­ing it up to 10”.

“Dur­ing the trial we will be keep­ing to the speed limit. But the speed limit from Labrador all the way past South­port there kicks into 40kmh, so to Couran Cove and Tip­plers that’s pretty quick,” he said.

“My at­ti­tude is stick to the speed limit dur­ing the trial, when the Minister and I are on board with the spe­cial equip­ment to test wave en­ergy, crank it up a few notches.

“If we can get it go­ing at 10 to 12 knots it means there are more fre­quency of boats ... it’s more eco­nom­i­cally vi­able if the ferry’s mov­ing faster.”

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