Staying Safe And Dry On The Portarlington Ferry

17 August 2018

Taking a trip on the Portarlington ferry service will be safer and dryer with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build a new covered walkway along the Portarlington Pier.

As a Government, we said we’d deliver the Portarlington Safe Harbour project and guarantee a Portarlington to Docklands ferry service, and we have.

The $15 million Portarlington Safe Harbour project includes two rock breakwaters to the east and north of the pier, a new 190-metre long concrete commercial berthing area and 27 commercial berths serviced with water and electricity.

This has boosted the local aquaculture industry and increased tourism and economic growth across the Bellarine Peninsula, but there’s more to do.

A re-elected Labor Government will invest $550,000 to build a new covered walkway from the beachfront to the ferry berths on Portarlington Pier.

This will make sure passengers stay dry and safe as they walk along the 190-metre long pier.

Tourism is an important part of the local economy and the number of people commuting to and from Melbourne by ferry will increase into the future. This is why the Labor Government is building upon the Portarlington service with a ferry trial between Geelong and Melbourne to give workers an alternative transport route.

Only a re-elected Labor Government will build the facilities Portarlington Pier needs to give passengers a better trip on the ferry to help grow passenger numbers and the industry.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We said we’d deliver the Portarlington Safe Harbour project and guarantee ferry services to Docklands and we have but it’s a long walk from the ferry to the beach when it’s raining.”

“Only Labor will build the walkway Portarlington Pier needs to keep passengers safe and dry between the ferry and the beach.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“The safe harbour and the ferry service have been embraced by local residents, the aquaculture industry and tourists. They are contributing to jobs and tourism on the Bellarine Peninsula."

"Just like the dedicated ferry berth did, the covered walkway will enhance the experience for all ferry users."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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