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Perth ferry network to expand, Premier Roger Cook announces

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Perth will soon see an expanded network of ferry services along the Swan River, Premier Roger Cook has flagged.
Camera IconPerth will soon see an expanded network of ferry services along the Swan River, Premier Roger Cook has flagged. Credit: Supplied/Getty Images

Perth’s use of the Swan River must be rethought, Premier Roger Cook has declared, proposing the expansion of the city’s ferry system to connect fast growing riverside communities.

Announcing at a Property Council lunch that plans were being developed to build WA’s ferry network, Mr Cook described the proposed service as “Metronet on the Swan”.

“We’ve seen the success of ferry systems in other states, and we’ve watched the growing popularity of our existing route between Perth and South Perth,” Mr Cook told the Property Council event.

“In fact, January was our busiest-ever month for the ferry service — nearly 110,000 boardings compared to just 49,000 in January 2022.

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“But we’ve never fully cracked the code for expanding beyond the one ferry route here in Perth, and as our city continues to grow and improve, I think that requires a rethink.”

WA Premier Roger Cook has attended the Vision for the State lunch hosted by the Property Council of Australia. Pictured is the premier
Camera IconWA Premier Roger Cook has attended the Vision for the State lunch hosted by the Property Council of Australia. Pictured is the premier Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/ Justin Benson-Cooper

Flagging services from Applecross, Canning Bridge, Optus Stadium, Nedlands and Belmont, Mr Cook said Perth’s use of the Swan River was one of Perth’s “best features”.

Among the growing needs the services would support were a number of high-rise developments under construction along the river.

“Just imagine enjoying a pint at the Raffles in Applecross, then cruising to Optus Stadium to watch the footy. Or living on the Canning Bridge precinct and hopping on a ferry to go to work in the city. Or perhaps future residents of the Belmont Racecourse development catch a ferry over to UWA to study,” he said.

WA Premier Roger Cook has attended the Vision for the State lunch hosted by the Property Council of Australia. Pictured is transport minister Rita Saffioti
Camera IconWA Premier Roger Cook has attended the Vision for the State lunch hosted by the Property Council of Australia. Pictured is transport minister Rita Saffioti Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/ Justin Benson-Cooper

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project would likely be built in stages, but flagged local manufacturing of the ferries as a key component.

“We’re doing the business case to get the full costings and all the operational sort of aspects and then we will be able to make informed decisions and that includes what stops will be the first stops to be built and the timing of any delivery,” she said.

Federal Labor MPs Patrick Gorman and Zaneta Mascarenhas, and City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas all welcomed the announcement.

A Transport Department report released last year found a number of challenges with expanding ferry services, including financial viability, river speed limits, the need for dredging, new jetties and the low height of the Causeway Bridge.

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