Car Ferry study funded
Bass Coast Shire Council will complete a feasibility study to investigate the Cowes Jetty as a possible location for a ferry terminal, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the State Government.
The Cowes to Stony Point Ferry project was identified by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions for the State Government’s Enabling Tourism Fund Targeted Round.
The study will include assessments of the implications on the Jetty Triangle and a detailed traffic and parking impact assessment.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said that Council supports the need for a detailed study of the Cowes Jetty as a possible location for a ferry terminal.
“The results of the study will provide an evidence based approach for the State Government to consider the viability of the project,” Cr Tessari said.
“As part of the feasibility study, the community will have the chance to provide feedback on the project.”
In 2018, Council, along with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the State Government prepared a Business Case to determine the cost, requirements and viability of a car ferry between Cowes and Stony Point.
Cr Tessari said that in February 2020, Council adopted a Notice of Motion stating it would not proceed with any further consideration of the sites already explored in the Business Case.
“Council supports a car ferry in principle, as per the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035, Growing Tourism,” Cr Tessari said.
“However, Council deferred consideration of the Business Case based on community feedback throughout the consultation process, until a comprehensive investigation has been undertaken as to whether the Cowes Jetty is a more suitable location.
“Thanks to the State Government’s funding, the Cowes Jetty will now undergo a detailed investigation, to determine its suitability, which is a great outcome for the community,” Cr Tessari concluded.