Member for Manly Fights for More than one Freshwater Class Ferry to be Retained

Member for Manly James Griffin said that he welcomed Transport for NSW’s decision to retain one Freshwater Class ferry, but is fighting to retain more than one of the historic boats.

“I was elected to fight for Manly. I’m determined to ensure we respect our history and retain another Freshwater ferry. That is why I’m fighting to retain more than one Freshwater Class ferry. The declining patronage on the Freshwater Class is not good enough reason to keep only one Freshwater Ferry,” Mr Griffin said.

“I'm telling the Government to listen to my community and retain more than one Freshwater Ferry to service our famous Manly to Circular Quay route. Let’s get the balance right between the grand old ‘slow boats’ and a more frequent service that commuters want during the week.

“Let there be no doubt, catching the Freshwater Class ferry is a rite of passage for generations of Northern Beaches’ people, and it should remain so. The bottom line is that we deserve more than one Freshwater ferry. ”

Whilst the newer green and gold Emerald boats do have 140 outdoor seats, bike racks, Wi-Fi and disability access and they’re far more environmentally friendly than the old Freshwater vessels – they lack one important thing. History.

Mr Griffin is asking constituent and ferry lovers to join him on Thursday 10th of December for a trip on the 11.45am Freshwater Class Ferry from Manly in a show of support for the Freshwater Ferries. People can meet at Manly Wharf 11.20am.