Star Weekly | Combat to overturn ferry ban

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Stress is mounting on Parks Victoria to assessment its determination to disclaim a pioneering Williamstown ferry enterprise entry to the Southgate berth it had used for 13 years.

Williamstown Bay and River Cruises (WBRC) proprietor Mark Davy, who began vacationer ferry providers to Williamstown in 1984, stated his enterprise was in peril of folding.

“We simply have to have a spot on the Yarra – we should be right here,” Mr Davy stated. “Why now we have been excluded, I don’t know.

“We are able to’t maintain going – we’re paying 10 or 12 grand per week for wages and we’re not carrying individuals.”

His name for a assessment of Parks Victoria’s determination is supported by Hobsons Bay council.

Cr Peter Hemphill and mayor Jonathon Marsden will search a gathering with Parks Victoria, which advised

Star Weekly it could be open to the transfer.

“This has been an absolute shame by Parks Victoria,” Cr Hemphill stated. “It’s anti-competitive and Williamstown tourism has been the loser out of it.

“Parks Victoria’s motion has additionally discriminated in opposition to disabled individuals, as WBRC has the one boat with wheelchair entry.”

Westgate Punt director Rob Horner, who has operated for the previous 25 years beneath the West Gate Bridge, stated omitting WBRC from Southbank was a “nice disservice” to the town of Melburne and to Hobsons Bay.

“They’re the one operator I see, who run repeatedly on the river, come rain hail or shine, the one operator who choose up and drop off at Scienceworks,” he stated.

“Down river, I’m the troll beneath the bridge – I see every part and Melbourne wants WBRC.”

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