Lower Portland Ferry Funding Assistance Commitment

Hawkesbury City Council voted last night to accept the offer of a financial contribution by the NSW Government to assist in the operation of the Lower Portland ferry.

Yesterday Council were advised that the NSW Government would commit to a contribution of a maximum of $500, 000 a year to Hawkesbury City Council and The Hills Shire Council to assist in continuing the operation of the Lower Portland Ferry for the next four years.

Councillor Calvert thanked The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, Minister for Transport and Roads for NSW for the contribution and Ms Robyn Preston, MP Member for Hawkesbury for all her work advocating to save the ferry for the local community.

“The service provides a vital link to our remote communities and provides access to locals, particularly school children in the area,” the Mayor said.

The Mayor added that whilst both Councils will still be required to meet the remaining costs of operating the service as well as the necessary capital investments, the funding offer gives an opportunity to develop and plan for the ongoing operation of the ferry.

While the operation of ferry services across NSW is generally a State Government function, the Lower Portland Ferry is unusual as it is jointly operated and maintained by the Hills Shire Council and Hawkesbury City Council. The cost of maintaining the service is currently just over $1 million annually.

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