All aboard at Applecross

Plans for an Applecross to Perth CBD ferry have been revived, with the state government considering seeking federal government funding for the new public transport route.

Applecross has been considered as a ferry stop in the past, and has been suggested again, with an increase in development and high density living in the area.

The ferry stop is planned to be located near the Raffles Hotel and Canning Bridge.

New proposed Applecross stop. Photo: Tylah Tully.

Applecross resident Amanda Clarke, who commutes to work most mornings, says the new proposed ferry could combat the difficulties of the interchange at Canning Bridge Station.

“To have another service which is some distance, only a small distance, away from that interchange is a really good thing.

“I also think the ferry will be a good tactic to spread the load on busses and trains whilst utilising our waterways.”

Morning commuters on the Mends Street Jetty. Photo: Tylah Tully.

Emma Meuleman, who travels by bus from South Perth to work in the city, doesn’t see the merit of having a new ferry line.

Ms Meuleman says she doesn’t utilise the existing Mends Street ferry due to distance from her home in South Perth.

“There are so many bus stops metres from my house, but the ferry is a one kilometre walk,” she says.

Mends Street Jetty. Photo: Tylah Tully.

“Maybe if they had adequate infrastructure in terms of parking or a transit service it would be an option.”

This year alone 305 634 people have caught the ferry in Perth, according to the Public Transport Authority.

Concern has been raised about the environmental impact of increasing the number of ferries on the Swan River.

Conservation program manager at Perth Natural Resource Management Shenaye Hummerston says the new ferry, if monitored, should not pose an environmental risk.

“If they are creating a new stop for a ferry then there obviously will be a localised impact of creating that infrastructure for the stop. But really the damage is caused by wake and wash,” she says.

“Ferries in my experience have regulated speed and don’t cause too much damage to the shore.”

A statement provided by Department of Transport says it aims to ‘respect the environment’ by ensuring ferries have a ‘low-wash design’ preventing harm to riverbanks and the species inhabiting them.

Other possible ferry sites to have been identified include Matilda Bay, Optus Stadium and areas of Belmont and East Perth.

Many commuters using the Mends Street jetty service into Perth recommend it to others.

Mends Street jetty commuters on why they catch the ferry. Video: Tylah Tully.

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