McGrath floats ferry idea


South Perth MLA John McGrath wants the Coode Street ferry reintroduced.
South Perth MLA John McGrath wants the Coode Street ferry reintroduced.

Mr McGrath wrote to Transport Minister Dean Nalder to seek the reinstatement of the Coode Street service.

“Now the Mends Street jetty ferry is using Elizabeth Quay, I believe commuters will be demanding the expansion of the ferry services to other points,” he said.

“Some of my constituents are now asking me ‘why can’t we bring the Coode Street ferry back?’

“The previous Labor government shut down the Coode Street jetty in 2005 but local residents believe it would be well patronised.”

While Mr Nalder appreciated the level of support for the introduction of a ferry service to Coode Street he said the significant upgrades the jetty required would come at too high a cost.

“I am advised the introduction of a ferry service to Coode Street would require significant works near the river’s edge, and the existing jetty is not compliant with the relevant disability legislation and would require significant upgrading to make it accessible,” he said.

Mr Nalder said the reopening of the Coode Street service would also require the purchase of additional ferries.

“Given the prior failure of the service to attract reasonable passenger loads, the cost of the expanded fleet, the development works required and other demands on the transport budget, it’s difficult to justify the service in the short term,” he said.

He said the Government would monitor the demand for new services.