NO car ferry for Phillip Island.
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Please sign this petition if you believe that Phillip Island does not need a car ferry, especially with its proposed terminal on one of the island's beautiful northern beaches.
The reasons behind this objection are:
-The environmental impact on the beach, the marine area and the neighbourhood surrounding the terminal.
-The impracticality of a car ferry for use as transport to and from Melbourne. The drive from Melbourne to Crib Point, added to the ferry travel time, will be no faster than the drive around the bay. Any wait time, loading and unloading time will add significantly to this. Add to this the possible cost of at $120 return fare on the ferry, and it is not an affordable or efficient mode of transport.
-Phillip Island is proud that it is a destination in and of itself. It does not need to become a thoroughfare to elsewhere. If increased tourism is needed, an even more efficient passenger ferry with inreased services and connecting trains that run to Melbourne, would provide an alternative route to the island. It would also provide an affordable means for local people to travel to the city leaving their cars behind. Tourists who arrive without cars could create a whole new local industry of shuttles to accommodation and attractions;
-In the instance of an emergency evacuation from the island if the road was gridlocked, people could leave much more quickly by passenger ferry than waiting to load their cars 36 at a time onto a car ferry.
It is hoped the state government and Bass Coast council will invest as much time and money in investigating a car-free alternative of better linking the northern side of the island to the mainland. The cost could be significantly less, the environmental impact minimal, and the Thompson Avenue gridlock would not be added to.
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