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23 June 2013 Posted by 

Business backs retaining ferry service

THE business community has backed Parramatta Council in opposing State Government’s planned reductions to the City’s iconic river ferry service.

The NSW Ministry of Transport’s “Sydney’s Ferry Future” Report released in May revealed plans to eliminate Parramatta’s direct commuter service link to Sydney’s CBD, citing low passenger numbers.

Parramatta Lord Mayor, Cr John Chedid says he is committed to working with the Minister and the State Government to ensure that ferry services to Parramatta are not reduced.

“This is an important service for residents and visitors alike. While I understand that the service needs to be improved, I would suggest that the State Government reconsider its existing timetable and using a lighter vessel before cutting the commuter service,” Clr Chedid said.

“I would also emphasise that there should be significant consideration into additional ferry terminals along the river, such as one at the University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus. This campus has almost 15,000 students and is growing, so there is a demand for a regular ferry service to there.”

The newly elected president of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, Paul Dillon said “the only discussion on the ferries should be how to improve the service and make it an effective and profitable part of the overall transport system.”

Michael Sugg, Chief Executive of the Western Sydney Business Connection said the growth in the Western Sydney labour market means that a well-conceived ferry service would be used by commuters into Parramatta from points east.


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