GOLD Coast Council will meet for the final time of the year today with the proposed ferry system to be top of the agenda.
Councillors are expected to vote on extending the system to the heart of Broadbeach and South Stradbroke Island with Mayor Tom Tate still confident ferries will be on the water at this time next year.
The original plan would see a ferry services run between Labrador and HOTA at Evandale, travelling through the Broadwater, Main Beach and Surfers.
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The Proposed Northern Ferry Alignment would also see services move from Labrador north up through Paradise Point, Couran Cove and on to Tipplers.
There will also be a ‘Game Day’ extension moving south to the Gold Coast Convention Centre at Broadbeach and out west to Metricon Stadium at Carrara for major events.
If successful in Council today, a report will go before Councillors in March before tenders are called to get the first stages operational by Decemeber 2019.
Councillors are also expected to vote on whether to offer a free trip to residents on opening day as well as a number of weekends through the Christmas holiday period.
The state Member for the Broadwater, David Crisafulli, told MyGC.com.au he was happy to see Council pushing ahead with its plan for the ferry services.
“Great cities have different transport options. You don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“What I like about this proposal is it opens up one of our great natural assets but it also has the ability to make our transport system better.
“It has the potential not just to improve the lifestyle of people being able to commute to work or go about their business on water but it also has the ability to offset a number of the costs in the long term on road and rail.
“We should have a long hard look at making this a reality because it will be great for the Coast.”