Plans unveiled for an expanded Perth ferry network

Perth ferry network expansion Metronet on the Swan
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Premier Roger Cook yesterday announced plans to expand Perth’s ferry network, dubbing the plans “Metronet on the Swan”.

Currently only servicing a single route between the Perth CBD and South Perth, new ferry routes are being considered to Applecross, Belmont, Canning Bridge, Nedlands and Optus Stadium.

“It’s clear we can better utilise our waterways to get people around,” the Premier announced at the Property Council of Australia WA’s Vision for the State lunch at Optus Stadium on Wednesday.

Perth ferry network expansion Metronet on the Swan Roger Cook

“Just imagine, enjoying a pint at the Raffles in Applecross then cruising over to Optus Stadium to watch the footy.”

“Or living in the Canning Bridge precinct and hopping on a ferry to go to work in the city. Or perhaps future residents of the Belmont Racecourse development catching a ferry over to UWA to study.”

“An expanded ferry system would be an incredible asset not only for commuting but also tourists and locals to enjoy our great city.”

January was a record-breaking month for the existing ferry route, with nearly 110,000 boardings across the month compared to 49,000 in January 2022.

“So much of our city is focussed around our rivers,” said Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti.

“So it makes sense that we look at how we can better utilise our waterways to get people around.”

This will mark the eighth report in the last 30 years that examines the viability of a Perth ferry network, with the addition of more waterfront developments (including high density nodes) and and improved transfer options diminishing previous barriers to the expansion.