The state government has agreed to do its bit, to help make a Gold Coast ferry service a reality.
A two-year trial of a 12-stop, solar-power catamaran service is expected to get underway by the end of 2019, taking passengers between Surfers Paradise, Southport and Carrara via the waterways.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey met with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate to discuss the proposal this week, and the meeting was reportedly a very positive one.
Mr Bailey said he thought the council-lead scheme was great, but that there were a few state-level issues to deal with first.
"Making sure the wash is acceptable [on the Nerang River] and that the community is fully informed and consulted, as well as having full disability access at any point along the proposal, but I think it's a very interesting proposal that's worth further examination," he said.
“I’ve asked my department to now liaise with the City of Gold Coast and perform early investigations into how this plan could work".
Mr Tate said with the Gold Coast’s booming population, it was vital new public transport options were considered.
“We’ve calculated in the first stage of the ferry service between Surfers and Southport and the Spit may take about 3,500 cars off the road daily, which could lead to further congestion reductions," he said.