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Visitors and residents in both Melbourne and Geelong will have another transport option, with the Andrews Labor Government backing a trial of a ferry service between the two cities.
In what is also expected to be a big boost to tourism to Melbourne’s second city, this three-year trial will start early in 2019.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, said “This will see tourism continue to grow in Victoria’s second biggest city, supporting jobs and our local economy, as well as giving workers another travel option between our two great cities”.
The Labor Government will invest $6 million to fund the trial for three years with the first service expected to run early next year. It is expected that this funding will mean that Port Phillip Ferries can now invest in the new state-of-the art high speed ferry needed to deliver these new services.
Paul Little, Owner of Port Phillip Ferries, said, "We are thrilled to confirm that the Geelong to Melbourne ferry service has been given the green light by the State Government of Victoria. My vision for Port Phillip Ferries has always been about making ferry travel accessible to as many Victorian’s as possible. This takes us one step closer to that vision.”
The new ferry trial follows the successful delivery of a ferry route between Portarlington and Docklands.
Over 6000 people a month have used the Portarlington Ferry Service, providing a new alternative way to get to the city, with this figure doubling during the peak summer season.