The Gold Coast is closer to having its own ferry service with the Gold Coast Waterways Authority throwing its support behind the plan.
Mayor Tom Tate met with Waterways officials yesterday to outline his plans, with the Authority backing the idea.
Council last month unveiled a proposal for a 12-stop ferry service on the Broadwater and Nerang River using solar-powered catamarans.
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The service would see ferries running between Labrador and Evandale with a plan to also have ferries travel as far as Metricon Stadium on event days.
Mayor Tate says the plan would be a real congestion-buster for the Gold Coast.
“We’ve calculated in the first stage between Surfers and Southport and the Spit and the like, it will take around 3500 cars off the road daily,” Mayor Tate said.
The Mayor says it would be a great addition to public transport on the Coast.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to catch the light rail from Helensvale, get to Southport, walk down the road onto the ferry service and catch the service to The Spit.”
Mayor Tate will now seek a meeting with the Transport Minister to progress the plan further.
“The fact of the matter is, a lot of the jetties and wharves are already in place.”
“I’m calling for a two-year trial and during the trial I would want a consultation period because locals may say ‘why don’t we have a stop here'”.