Kingborough Councillor, Dean Winter, today said the Premier’s missed Bruny Island Ferry highlights everything that is wrong with the Bruny Island Ferry service.

“What an absolute joke that the Premier of Tasmania was lined up on the mainland unable to make it to the Island on the service he wanted,” Councillor Winter said.

“He was on the way to highlight the need for another ferry, but what we really need is a 21st century ferry service. 

“In equivalent examples at Stradbroke Island in Queensland and Kangaroo Island in South Australia, people are encouraged to book ahead to secure their spot on the service they want.  On Bruny Island it isn't even an option.

“Despite the necessary technology being easy to implement and use, we continue to see unnecessary line-ups for hundreds of metres and locals, tourists and even the Premier missing the boat.”

Councillor Winter said not only would it give locals and tourists certainty getting on and off the island, online bookings would increase service utilisation.

“An pre-booking system would increase utilisation of the ferry.  Instead of taking the risk of not getting on a ferry for hours, people would be able to book ahead, arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule and be guaranteed a spot. 

“Many people are reluctant to visit the island because they have no guarantee they will be able to get on and off the island on the service they want.

“Paying ahead would also mean a faster boarding as people’s phone or printed ticket is scanned. 

“This is the problem with a heavily subsidised service like this.  We’ve got a ferry that continues to operate in the same way because there’s no business imperative to innovate.  The most modernisation we’ve seen is the implementation of eftpos.” 

 

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PERSONAL POSITION.  IT IS NOT INTENDED TO REPRESENT THE VIEW OF KINGBOROUGH COUNCIL**