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Bass Coast Ratepayers and 
Residents Association Inc.
Established  July 2016
Incorporated Association Number: A0096592H
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COWES TO STONY POINT CAR FERRY 

Bass Coast Shire Council released the Draft Business Case for the Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry on 21st February (refer   http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/carferry )

The Draft Business Case suggests that BCSC could potentially make a contribution to the capital costs of the project, either through cash or in-kind contributions. This would be a decision of council as part of the annual budgetary processes, and has implications for the whole shire. It was stated at the Council Meeting in February 2018 that no additional expenditure from Bass Coast Shire Council been foreshadowed for any further stages of this project, nor is there any allocation of funds allowed in the 10 year financial plan. Council's budget for the 2018/19 period is shortly to be released

The possible effects of the ferry on the environment have not been considered at this stage. The business case does state that none of the options are likely to trigger a referral to an Environment Effects Statement process.

Whilst the ferry location does not directly impact some residents of Bass Coast, the whole shire could be impacted by either positive or negative consequences.


UPDATE - 18th April 2018

Council have taken on board feedback from the community and have decided to defer consideration of the Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry Full Business Case until use of the Cowes Jetty as an alternate location to the Mussel Rocks location is investigated. The existing jetty was initially omitted from consideration but is back in the mix following significant public outcry at the potential use of a beach for the terminal site. 
Council will also require a full Environmental Effects Assessment on the final preferred location.  

LATEST NEWS - June 2018

The Mayor wrote to the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, requesting that the government provide funds to expand the scope of the Business Case to include the assessment of the Cowes Jetty.  The Minister in her response declined to offer additional funding and indicated she awaited Council's advice on the current Business Case.

So at this time we appear to have reached a stalemate!