No new ferry location for Brighton
by Brighton Council
Brighton has missed out on being on the final list of six new locations for public ferries.
Mayor Leigh Gray expressed disappointment and frustration at the Draft River Derwent Ferry Service Masterplan, saying that the masterplan ignores the needs of communities outside the inner-metro area of Hobart.
The draft masterplan proposes new sites at Lindisfarne, Howrah, Wilkinsons Point, Sandy Bay, Regatta Point and Kingston Beach.
“The issue of isolation, lack of public transport options and transport poverty is far greater for our communities than it is for any of the communities to be served by the new ferry service sites identified in the Plan,” said Mayor Gray.
“Our society is spending close to $1 billion on a new bridge, yet we appear to be missing the opportunity to use it as the catalyst to connect up bus and ferry options to provide a better future for our people,” Mayor Gray said. “It seems even more short-sighted when you consider we have such high residential growth and the government are supporting the construction of hundreds of affordable and public homes here, including through Homes Tasmania.”
Brighton Council has long been an advocate for an integrated transport solution for all of Greater Hobart. Ferry transport must be part of the solution especially to tackle challenges of transport poverty and access to opportunity. Local MP, Jen Butler, supported the inclusion of ferry services for Brighton, raising the issue in parliament with a motion to support the case, and the Greens speaking in support.
Bob Clifford is the founder of Incat – they construct highspeed lightweight catamarans in Hobart – and he shared that Brighton is critical to the ferry masterplan. “Bridgewater is key to the entire service, with buses feeding the ferry from the extensive housing areas of Brighton, Bridgewater and Herdsmans Cove-Gagebrook. Old Beach is a strong growth area and must also be part of up-river services along the Bridgewater route.”
Kirsha Kaechele, who is developing 24 Carrot and Material Institute initiatives in Brighton, said the river is a great connector and should be used for the benefit of all communities. “We are disappointed not to be more actively engaged by Government in the process of developing this master plan nor in matters of transport more generally for the region, and will be providing strong feedback to advocate for the inclusion of potential locations that serve our community.”
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said Tasmanians now have the chance to have their say on what the new sites would look like and what they would include.
Your feedback on the proposed sites is important. Head to www.engage.stategrowth.tas.gov.au and click on ‘River Derwent Ferry Service Masterplan Consultation’ to share your thoughts. Feedback is open until Monday 8 January 2024.