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Ferry service given three-year trial

30 Aug 2018

By Meg Hill

The state government has forked out $6 million for a three-year ferry trial between Docklands and Geelong.

The money will go to Port Phillip Ferries, which is operating a service between Portarlington and Docklands – transporting over 6000 people a month.

That figure doubled during the peak summer season. For the Geelong service, to start early next year, Port Phillip Ferries will order a new high-speed ferry.

“A ferry service between Geelong and Melbourne doesn’t just benefit commuters, it’s a major boost for tourism to our second biggest city,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

“This is great news for Geelong and continues our work to give locals and tourists the transport services they need. This is about jobs and ensuring Geelong remains a great place to live and work,” said the Member for Geelong Chris Couzens.

A free trial of a ferry service between Docklands and Geelong in late July was reported as a success, which spurred the three-year commitment.

Businessman and Port Phillip Ferries boss Paul Little said the company was “thrilled” with the deal.

“My vision for Port Phillip Ferries has always been about making ferry travel accessible to as many Victorians as possible. This takes us a step closer to that vision,” he said.

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