News

Moggill Ferry should be replaced with bridge: councillors

MUSEUM PIECE: Cr Paul Tully says the Moggill Ferry crossing over the Brisbane River should be replaced with a bridge as part of a western ring road around Brisbane.
MUSEUM PIECE: Cr Paul Tully says the Moggill Ferry crossing over the Brisbane River should be replaced with a bridge as part of a western ring road around Brisbane. DAVID NIELSEN

IT is time for the State Government to pension off the Moggill Ferry and build a long overdue modern bridge to link Riverview and Moggill.

That is the word from Cr Paul Tully and Cr Victor Attwood in the wake of the ferry being out of action for three days this week for repairs - forcing motorists to make up to an extra 40km round trip each day.

The ferry, which commenced service in 1878, links Ipswich and Brisbane with river crossings for just 12 hours on any given day.

Cr Tully said the Moggill Ferry was "a relic from the horse and buggy days when Cobb & Co coaches ran between Brisbane and Ipswich".

He said the bridge over the river had "been talked about for over 50 years but no government of any political persuasion has been prepared to consider it seriously".

"It is unusual to have a vehicular ferry in a metropolitan area in Australia," he said.

"It is time for a serious public debate, and proper consideration by the government, for a modern bridge.

"What I have said is that the bridge could form part of a western ring road around Brisbane.

Cr Paul Tully insists the Moggill Ferry should be pensioned off.
Cr Paul Tully insists the Moggill Ferry should be pensioned off.

"It has often been said that Brisbane needs a western ring road and it could come out near the Bruce Hwy at Aspley.

"Most Ipswich people support it and there has been most of the opposition on the Brisbane side of the river.

"It cannot be put in the too hard basket any longer."

Cr Tully has campaigned for a bridge for 35 years and said the Moggill Ferry "belongs in a museum" rather than being part of a modern transportation network.

He said the ferry, operated by Stradbroke Ferries, was subject to "unforeseen breakdowns, regular major maintenance and cancellation in the event of flooding in the Brisbane River including water releases from Wivenhoe Dam".

Cr Victor Attwood, who represents part of Riverview, agreed with Cr Tully.

"When the ferry is out of commission people are sick of having to drive all the way down the Centenary Highway and around through Kenmore to see family and friends or get to work," he said.

"The ferry has a history of breaking down and when it does people are inconvenienced.

"Any time there is a minor flood they close the ferry for people's safety, which they have to.

"But they need to build a bridge . . . and get over it.

"There has been planning and a transport corridor in place for God knows how many decades."

Cr Tully said it was time the infrastructure moved with times.

"It would be like continuing with Morse codes when telephones, NBN and computer systems are available," he said.

"They got rid of the ferry at Indooroopilly in 1936 and put a bridge there."

Cr Victor Attwood is an advocate for a bridge over the Brisbane River.
Cr Victor Attwood is an advocate for a bridge over the Brisbane River.

Cr Attwood said attitudinal issues were also at play.

"It is just elitism on the part of the people on the Brisbane side of the river that they don't want the people of Ipswich, and in particular Riverview, having a bridge they can cross to access their suburbs," he said.

A spokesperson for Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that "The Department of Transport and Main Roads have investigated the possibility of a bridge to replace the Moggill Ferry, but do not consider this a viable option due to factors such as demand, flood immunity and significant construction costs," they said.

"The long-term plan for the western metropolitan area includes the Moggill Pocket Arterial Road, which would provide a new bridge over the Brisbane River to the north of the Moggill Ferry site.

"This would provide an alternative route to Colleges Crossing and improve traffic flow through Moggill and western Brisbane.

"Any future funding of the Moggill Pocket Arterial Road would be subject to competing state-wide priorities."

The spokesperson confirmed the Moggill Ferry was out of service for maintenance from December 13 to 15, and resumed at 6am on December 16.

"Customers were notified seven days in advance. We appreciate any Moggill Ferry closure can impact the community."

Topics:  bridge, ipswich, replaced




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Maughan the first senator

OLD WORLD: Dirt roads, horses and buggies and pedestrians, were common on Limestone Hill in the early 1900s.

He was elected in 1899

LNP promise to upgrade roads for heavy vehicle management

LNP Candidate for Blair Teresa Harding announced the new road funding with Somerset Regional Council Mayor, Graeme Lehmann.

The LNP has pledged cash to improve Ipswich roads

Neumann notes the reasons why voters get in early in 2016

INFLUX: Shayne Neumann, pictured at the 2013 pre-poll, says more voters are availing themselves of pre-poll booths in 2016.

Pre-poll voting on the rise as school holidays beckon

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Hey Mumma Exercise

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"