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Council candidate wants ferry from Bargara to Hervey Bay

A DIRECT road joining Bundaberg to Hervey Bay seems as real as the yellow-brick road in Wizard of Oz.

Like a well-oiled machine, the well-intentioned idea is trotted out every so often but then relegated to the side - even though both cities agree it should happen.

However, could a solution to linking the two Wide Bay cities lay not by land, but by water?

That's the idea from Bundaberg Regional Council Division 6 candidate Richard Freudenberg.

Mr Freudenberg says rather than a road, why not use a ferry.

"With the elections fast approaching it is timely that the issue of a direct road from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay is again being raised," he said.

What do you think of the Bargara to Hervey Bay ferry idea?

This poll ended on 23 January 2016.

It's a great idea, bring it on! - 12%

Good in theory... but... - 5%

It may not be used enough to be viable - 10%

It's a bad idea - 71%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"As great an idea it is, it has become like the fabled 'railway to Redcliffe' that resurfaces every election.

"Maybe we should consider an alternative - that is to link Bundaberg with Hervey Bay now, using a fast, ferry service."

Mr Freudenberg envisions the ferry service operating from somewhere near south Bargara to the Great Sandy Straits Marina at Hervey Bay with at least an early morning and evening arrival and departure.

"If you're a pensioner and want to visit a friend in Hervey Bay or a shop you have to drive all that way which can be difficult," he said.

"There are people in the medical industry including specialists who could come up once a week for appointments."

Mr Freudenberg said the roughly one-hour ferry service would open both cities up for business and tourism.

"Some benefits of such a service are that businesses in both cities effectively double their marketplace and residents of both increase their options and choices," he said.

Mr Freudenberg said the idea would cost taxpayer dollars and a cost-benefit analysis would be needed.

"It is an idea for public consideration, given that most people would agree that connecting the two cities is a good idea, but a road is unlikely anytime in the future," he said.

"If public opinion is favourable, and I am elected, I will work with other councillors, local business, state and federal governments to make it happen."

Topics:  2016 local government elections, bundaberg regional council




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