Bungling by Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has resulted in the closure of the Bayview Park Ferry Wharf, according to local residents and Labor candidate for Drummoyne, Jason Khoury.
“Locals are furious at the short-sightedness of the Liberal Government,” Mr Khoury said.
“The ferry service provides a beautiful, peaceful and efficient way for people to commute and also keep cars off the road which is good for everyone”
Mr Khoury is pictured at the wharf with local residents who said the Transport Minister has bungled ferry timetables.
“The service used to either get them to the city an hour early, or 15 minutes late for work,” local resident Vince Pulis said.
“The timetable was all wrong.”
Kerry Myer agreed.
“It was doomed to failure, providing just two poorly timed ferries in the morning and two poorly timed ferries in the afternoon, and no service at all on weekends or public holidays,” she said.
“This infrequency meant that many would-be ferry commuters were forced to make alternative arrangements, with many resorting to using their cars, due to a lack of other options”
While Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian encourages people to use buses, city worker Wendy Williams said this alternative isn’t feasible.
“ The bus takes an hour and a half to get to the city, so now I drive,” she said.
Other residents blamed parking problems, an issue taken up by Mr Khoury.
“In a city where parking and traffic are real issues, why would we not use every bit of water transport there is, we are so lucky to have the river to help so many people, but we are forcing locals to drive,” they said.
Mr Khoury said the ferry could start at Carabita at 7.33am and could collect passengers from Bayview Park at 7.25am to arrive at Darling Harbour at 8.08am.
“And by the way, all local residents agree with me that it should be called Concord Jetty because Bayview Park isn’t a suburb, just the name of the little park.”
Residents across the Drummoyne Electorate and the City of Ryde have blasted the loss of regular Parramatta Services ferry services to Circular Quay.
“I catch the ferry on the Parramatta River and walk to work at The Rocks,” Drummoyne resident Lachlan Smith said.
“It’s no problem in Summer but in Winter, its a bitterly cold walk.”
Labor candidate for Drummoyne, Jason Khoury with residents at Bayview Park Wharf, this week.