Queenscliff Ferry Terminal Development Plan – Stage 2
Council and representatives of Searoad Ferries have met to discuss the Queenscliffe Planning Scheme requirements relating to the ferry terminal upgrade proposal as part of a pre-application process. A Planning Scheme Amendment in 2013 allows Searoad Ferries to complete the redevelopment of the Queenscliff ferry terminal.
Searoad Ferries CEO Matt McDonald said the new terminal would mean safer access for pedestrian passengers who will board the ferry using a retractable walkway rather than sharing road access with cars and other vehicles. The new facility will provide safer access and better amenities for the local community and ferry users.
The terminal will be fully accessible for older people and people with disabilities. It will have accessible bathrooms, sheltered waiting areas, a tourism desk and retail and food tenancies including a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.
The project features a new pedestrian boardwalk from the ferry terminal to the beach. The 3-metre wide public pathway will include a lookout to the east and outdoor seating to the west to encourage enjoyment of the magnificent view across Port Phillip Bay.
A drop in centre was set up at The Pavilion in Lower Princes Park from on 16, 19 and 23 August for community members to view and discuss the plans. Council will also run a consultation process to ensure the terminal meets the conditions outlined in the 2013 Planning Scheme Amendment.
The proposed works are part of a $35 million plan to create beautiful and safe ferry terminal facilities on both sides of the bay to serve local commuters, day trippers and international tourists in Sorrento and Queenscliff.
Last year Searoad Ferries transported more than 800,000 people and 200,000 vehicles across the bay, making it the busiest passenger and car ferry service in Australia.
After perusing the plans one local commented: “The proposal will be heavily scrutinised for its impact on traders at the Harbour and any environmental considerations due to its size and location. Inherent with the development will be the notion of linking Phillip Island with the south east coast through to the Otways via the Great Ocean Rd. Sooner or later it will require consideration as to whether towns like Sorrento, Queenscliff, Barwon Heads etc are able to handle increased traffic flows.”