Members Statement: Portarlington Ferry Service

28 May 2024

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Well, exciting news for the Bellarine: the Port Phillip ferry service from Portarlington to Melbourne will continue for another four years as part of our Labor government’s $30 million investment in better bus and ferry services and connections in the last budget. This is fantastic news as Bellarine communities know just how important this service is for our region’s growth and economy. It is there not only for locals to have that transport option to Melbourne but also for that tourism spend that comes to support our businesses. From June, also, the ferry passengers will benefit from a revised bus network, which will see the public bus timetable better align with the ferry service, meaning that more locals can use the ferry without having to worry about driving or parking their car at the terminal.

In 2022 the Labor government completed an incredible $10 million upgrade to the Portarlington Pier and provided that all-weather access, and this government has continued to back the ferry service for our Bellarine Peninsula once again. The ferry service continues to grow in popularity, attracting thousands of passengers every month, and I am so proud to get this terrific outcome for our growing communities. It is a wonderful way to travel and also to visit the Bellarine. You can explore our townships, stunning coastline, local wineries, distilleries, cafes, restaurants and incredible small businesses. I hope to see everyone on the ferry.