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Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry

Last updated: 8 September 2021

Council, along with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the Victorian State Government prepared a Business Case to determine the cost, requirements and viability of a car ferry between Cowes and Stony Point. Council has received $200,000 to complete the feasibility study to investigate the Cowes Jetty suitability for the terminal, this will include assessments of the implications on the Jetty Triangle, detailed traffic and parking impact assessment.

Potential benefits of a car ferry include:

  • Enhanced employment opportunities
  • Greater tourism connectivity along the south coast of Victoria
  • Increased visitation particularly during off peak season
  • Improved emergency services access
  • Improved public transport

The Full Business Case was presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting in Cowes on 18 April, 2018. Council supported a car ferry in principle as per the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035, Growing Tourism. Council deferred consideration of the Full Business Case, based on community feedback throughout the consultation process, until a comprehensive investigation is undertaken as to whether the Cowes Jetty is a more suitable location for a car ferry terminal than the Mussel Rocks location proposed in the Business Case. The additional work will include an assessment of the impact of a car ferry terminal on the Jetty Triangle and a detailed traffic and parking impact assessment.

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 results of the study will provide an evidence based approach for the State Government to consider the viability of the project. As part of the feasibility study the community will have the chance to provide feedback on the project.