Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry

Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula Shire Councils and the Victorian Government have prepared a Full Business Case (PDF 7MB)  to determine the cost, requirements and viability of a vehicle and passenger ferry service between Cowes and Stony Point.

At the 18 April 2018 meeting, Council gave in-principle support for a car ferry. Consideration of the Full Business Case was deferred until the Cowes Jetty is also evaluated as a possible site for a ferry terminal. 

Following Council’s decision at the April meeting, the Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield wrote to Minister Jaala Pulford advising her of Council’s decision and invited ongoing discussion about the prospect of further State Government funding to investigate the feasibility of the Cowes Jetty as the site for the car ferry terminal. No commitment of any further funding has been made by the State Government at this stage.

A report on the Public Consultation (PDF 1.6MB) has also been compiled, along with a Register of Submissions (PDF 11MB).

Earlier in the process, Earthcheck prepared a Discussion paper - Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry (PDF 5MB) outlining what was heard so far.

There are many potential opportunities that can be achieved as a result of a vehicle ferry service which include:

  • Enhanced employment opportunities
  • Greater tourism connectivity from the Mornington Peninsula to Phillip Island
  • Increase in visitor activity
  • Greater access to emergency services
  • Better access to public transport

These opportunities had yet to be captured in a comprehensive Business Case. Developing the Business Case relied on extensive and rigorous public consultation to understand the needs of the local community and businesses, along with benefits that this new infrastructure link could provide. 
Map of Victorian coastal touring route, with a possible link between Stony Point and Cowes.Public Consultation began in September 2017 with two key phases:

  • Input into developing the Business Case
  • Feedback on the draft Business Case

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