Gold Coast’s ferry plan all above board

The Mayor’s plan for a 12-stop solar charged ferry system is gathering speed despite concerns from Gold Coast City Councillors.

Following a transport and infrastructure committee meeting, Mayor Tom Tate was quizzed by councillors about the initial cost of the ferries and what their top speed is.

Cr Tate says the costs will be around $200,000 but this will be replenished quickly.


“The return on investment is going to be phenomenal,” he said.

“It won’t just be Gold Coasters using them, tourists will be attracted to the ferries.

“It will also take 3,500 cars off the road daily from the roads around Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Southport and The Spit.”

Aside from the $200,000, Council will have to shell out money to pay for the new wharves or upgrade the existing infrastructure.

Council is scouting for a location near The Spit to build a temporary wharf to keep the ferries away from the busy waterway near the seawall.

Environmental groups are concerned the ferries could cause damage to the banks of the Coast’s waterways.

The Mayor dismissed this, saying they’ll monitor the wake energy during the trial process.

“The trial will only go at the current speeds on the waterways,” he said.

“We’ll measure the wake energy and figure out what speed is safe.”