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VICTORIANS and tourists will continue to enjoy a ferry service from Portarlington to Docklands.
Visiting Portarlington Pier, Water Minister Lisa Neville announced the Labor Government had struck a deal to guarantee the ferry service for at least three years.
From mid-November ferries started operating out of Portarlington, giving local commuters another travel option and bringing tourism to the Bellarine. A new schedule and pricing arrangement will also be available.
Work is underway to raise speed limits on the Yarra to appropriate levels – which could slash journey times by up to 15 minutes. This is on track to be in place early in the new year, subject to a safety and environmental review.
Commuters and day-trippers will be able to use the service throughout the coming summer months and for the Christmas school holidays, as tourist numbers swell across the Bellarine.
Construction continues on the $15 million Portarlington Safe Harbour project that includes provision for dedicated ferry berthing. These works are progressing well and will be completed in early 2017.
The government and Port Phillip Ferries are working through the final details of the agreement. Services out of Wyndham Harbour will not be renewed at this stage.

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