One of Perth’s defining assets is the stunning Swan River, dividing the city into North and South. As the city grows, so does the development fronting onto the beautiful river and the need to ensure its connection to the main city via ferry services, not only for tourists but local residents.
Last year the Department of Transport published a report exploring the current status of ferry services in Perth and opportunities to expand the services along the Swan and Canning Rivers whilst taking into account current restrictions.
South Perth and Applecross are enjoying a renaissance with an influx of new developments capitalising on the expansive river view across the city while University of Western Australia (UWA) has also gained attention from residents all around the Perth metro area.
Historically, ferries have been used to connect suburbs up and down the river from North Fremantle, to Barrack Street up to Guildford and as Perth grows, we need to continue connecting pockets of the city whilst capitalising on our stunning asset.
‘Imagine creating an initial network which links Elizabeth Quay with Mends Street, Mends Street with UWA, UWA with Applecross and then looping back. Then once established, look to expand it further with Claremont, Waterbank and the Springs Precinct in Rivervale.’ said Ronald Chan, Chief Operations Officer, Finbar Group Limited.
Although initially any new ferry service will unlikely be financially viable for a number of years, we need to accept that any new piece of infrastructure will take time to attract regular users.
‘It would be a way for tourists to engage with the city, as well as potentially forming a part of the new Metronet system, which aligns our planning and transport systems to achieve important synergies for the future for all.’ Said Mr Chan.
Transport infrastructure projects add immense value to a suburb for future property investors as well as providing lifestyle benefits for residents living in the area.
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This is a summary of the article ‘Perth ferry services could increase city connection’ by Ronald Chan | Published in The West Australian | Tuesday 25th February 2020.
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