Ferry loop a logical option

A ferry service to Nubeena from Hobart must be included in the State Government’s Derwent Ferry blueprint, according to Tasman Mayor Kelly Spaulding.

A 40 minute trip, three times a day – with a lunchtime timetable via Bruny Island – would take cars off the roads and provide the local community with an evacuation point which was missing during the 2013 bushfires.

With the Tasmanian Government planning to establish a Derwent River ferry service between Bellerive and Sullivan’s Cove, Mr Spaulding said it’s time for the Tasman community to be included in the discussions.

“Once the ferry infrastructure is in place in Hobart then a loop needs to be added to the peninsula,’’ Mr Spaulding said.

“Work would be needed on an appropriate vessel given the route would round Storm Bay.

“Congestion is hurting the region and given we only have one road in and one road out, the Tasman needs additional infrastructure to cope with the growing number of visitors.

“Congestion is a big issue for us, and I believe we are being left out of the discussion.

“I think the ferry service to Nubeena can be a 10 year plan.’’

The State Government has promised to develop a commuter ferry service between Bellerive and the city of Hobart, operated by Metro Tasmania.

Port-side infrastructure for the service will be provided by TasPorts with two new ferry terminals will be established:

  • On the Western Shore, TasPorts will construct a floating ferry terminal alongside Elizabeth Street Pier or lease the use of the Brooke St Pier; and
  • On the Eastern Shore, a public ferry terminal will be built by TasPorts at the Kangaroo Bay development.

Mr Spaulding said authorities sometimes mistakenly thought the Tasman was not directly impacted by the current congestion issue in South East Tasmania.

“A lot of people who live or work in the area commute and are impacted,’’ Mr Spaulding said.

“Port Arthur is the most visited and popular tourist destination in Tasmania and for tourists it can be a real problem leaving the area and getting to the airport in time for their flights.

“For staff at Port Arthur, which is a huge employer here, it’s a big topic of discussion.

“It’s frustrating that we don’t always get kept in the loop with there are discussions about the solution to the traffic problems in the south-east.

“It’s hard to keep our foot in the door.’’

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