My Motion - Extending the Lane Cove River Ferry Service to Lane Cove West

Below is my Motion of Notice for the Lane Cove Council Ordinary Meeting on 15th February 2021:

Executive Summary

This report requests that Council seek support from Transport for NSW for the extension of the Lane Cove River Ferry Service to Burns Bay wharf to provide more transport options to the expanding number of residents in Lane Cove West.

 

Background

 

In December 2020 Captain Cook Cruises, the operator of the Lane Cove Ferry service, announced that it would terminate the service on the 18th December 2020, due to the economic unviability of the service.  In the same month, Transport for NSW confirmed the subsidy to operate the service would be extended into 2021.  Transport for NSW has announced it will explore options for long term ferry operations of the Lane Cove service in 2021.  

 

Discussion

 

The population in Lane Cove West around Burns Bay has increased substantially in the last decade.   The extension of the Lane Cove Ferry Service into Burns Bay may:

 

  1. Help make the service accessible to additional passengers to use the service.

 

  1. Help the economic viability of continuing the Lane Cove ferry service.

 

  1. Provide residents of Burns Bay and surrounds another option for public transport to travel to North Sydney and the Sydney CBD.

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council write to Transport for NSW, NSW Minister for Transport and Roads and NSW Member for Lane Cove requesting that options be considered to extend the Lane Cove River Ferry Service to Burns Bay.