$5m Burswood Jetty unveiled, ushering in ferries as transport option to Optus Stadium

The new jetty at Optus Stadium. Picture: Department of Transport/Twitter
The new jetty at Optus Stadium. Picture: Department of Transport/Twitter

THE Burswood Jetty was unveiled today with the new $5 million project set to give football fans the opportunity to attend games via ferry.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the new jetty offered another transport option for those travelling to Optus Stadium and the surrounding precinct.

“The successful completion of the project has also provided an outstanding business opportunity for Captain Cook Cruises to expand their operations to include the new jetty, surrounding precinct as a destination point,” she said.

“Passengers and other facility users will also benefit from the exclusive use license as it will maximise efficient use of the jetty structure while maintaining public safety during periods of peak demand.”

Starting June 21, when the West Coast Eagles host Essendon at Optus Stadium, private ferry services to the stadium will be in place after Captain Cook Cruises – owned by Sealink – secured exclusive access to a dedicated berth for sport and entertainment events at Optus Stadium.

On an event day, Captain Cook Cruises is expected to pick up and drop off about 1440 people on two return services across five vessels.

Travel on the charter ferries operated by Captain Cook are not included in event tickets.

However as usual, Travel on the Transperth Ferry between Elizabeth Quay and South Perth is included in event tickets for three hours before and three hours after a game.

Other charter operators and the public can use the additional two berths for drop off and pick up of patrons, further enhancing the capacity of the jetty to deliver people to the Optus Stadium precinct.

Positioned at the west side of Optus Stadium, the jetty is 96m long and is beside the new Matagarup footbridge connecting East Perth.

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