Daniel Andrews

Cowes - Stony Point Car Ferry - Letter to State Government /Media Release

The Phillip Island Conservation Society (PICS) submitted to the Bass Coast Shire Council that it considers a car ferry is not appropriate for Phillip Island.

PICS supports the marketing of the existing Victorian coastal touring route, enhancing existing transport infrastructure including the passenger ferry, the Cowes Jetty and supporting local tourism businesses to supply experiences and transport to passenger ferry visitors.

PICS consider the business case for a car ferry to Phillip Island is fundamentally flawed.

The Bass Coast Shire Council voted on 18 April 2018 to defer their consideration of the Stony Point Cowes car ferry business case until consideration has been given to investigating the Cowes Jetty site.

PICS has sent an open letter to the Premier The Hon Daniel Andrews, Minister for Regional Development The Hon Jaala Pulford and Minister for Tourism and Major events The Hon John Eren.

PICS urges the Government to reject Council request for funds to investigate the Cowes jetty location

“A car ferry terminal at the Cowes jetty will reduce visitor amenity by reintroducing cars to the northfacing Cowes foreshore just as the Council has sought to remove them with the jetty triangle redevelopment. “ stated Anne Davie
PICS considers further reliance on the car ferry business case is “throwing good money after bad.”
“PICS has serious concerns with the business case including unlikely viability, very poor time savings, unrealistic demand modelling, overstatement of economic and social benefits, understatement of social costs and omission of key environmental risks stated Anne Davie. These problems remain for the car ferry at any location on Phillip Island”. Anne added

Media Contact: Jeff Nottle PICS Vice President 0419 158 232- Anne Davie PICS President 0439 559 172