The draft business case for the Cowes to Stony Point car ferry has finally been released.
It recommends a 205 metre jetty be located on the beachfront between Mussel Rocks and the Cowes Yacht Club (between Walpole Street and Osbourne Avenue).
Project cost is $80.3 million.
The Cowes Yacht Club will not need relocation.
A terminal building (ticketing/service/admin) to be located on the foreshore will be single storey.
No parking has been provided, with all vehicles expected to queue on the jetty.
Environmental impacts are not known and will need to be investigated.
Community consultation on the draft business case will run until April 6.
Information sessions will be held at the Mussel Rocks BBQ area on March 11, 12 and 13 from 10am-4pm and again on 19th and 20th March from 10am-4pm, with a new public survey (testing levels of support and opposition) online at the shire’s website.
A separate, independent public meeting will be run by the Phillip Island Conservation Society at the Parish Hall in Cowes on Saturday March 10 at 7.30pm.
A protest rally is also being organised by the Save Our Beach Group over the Labour Day long weekend.
The final business case will go before the Bass Coast Shire on April 18, then to the State Government on April 27.