Drummoyne MP John Sidoti has welcomed this week’s re-opening of the Cockatoo Island Ferry Wharf which follows the completion of an accessibility upgrade.
Mr Sidoti described the reopening as “fantastic news” for residents who love Sydney Harbour and live in harbourside municipalities which include Drummoyne and Hunters Hill.
“The reopening of Cockatoo Island Wharf is fantastic news for people who visit the largest island in Sydney Harbour to take in the sights or grab something to eat,” Mr Sidoti said.
“The upgraded wharf features a new floating pontoon and aluminium gangway which will make it much easier for our less mobile customers, including those with a disability and parents with prams, to access ferry services.
“The larger pontoon will allow two ferries to berth simultaneously which will assist with crowd management on the island during events.
“Customers will also be better protected from the elements and benefit from improved safety, as well as quicker and more efficient ferry boarding and disembarking.
“Cockatoo Island is a popular destination, especially on weekends and we are
delighted that this upgrade has been able to be delivered two months ahead of
schedule, allowing ferry services to return to normal sooner than expected.”
Sydney Harbour Trust Chief Executive Officer Mary Darwell agreed.
“Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour and the only one where you can stay overnight. It attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually,” Ms Darwell said.
“The upgrade to the wharf will provide easier and more accessible transport to the Island, and the Harbour Trust commends the NSW Government for their commitment to improving access around Sydney Harbour.
“A visit to Cockatoo Island is a signature Sydney experience that starts with the ferry ride to this extraordinary place.
“Once at the UNESCO world-heritage-listed Island you can explore Australia’s convict and ship building history or attend one of the many events including the Biennale of Sydney.
“Cockatoo Island’s offering includes camping and glamping as well as apartment accommodation. This Island is open for day visits and entry is free to the public,”