It’s good news as fares for the local ferry come down for residents simply trying to go home.
Unfortunately for EP residents, that ferry is the Kangaroo Island Ferry.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not begrudging KI residents their cheap ferry fares.
It’s absolutely necessary for them, as they have no other alternative except air travel.
But for the princely sum of $65 a week in “tolls” if you like, you can live on KI and commute to the mainland for work.
What if that principle was applied to the EP?
Ferry or Bridge? IMAGE: Youtube (One Ten Adventures)
Think about the possibilities.
Cowell would suddenly become the place to be as people commuted across the gulf, and vice versa.
Forget the seven hour one way trip from Adelaide, that would be cut in half, and make the EP very accessible.
So should we get the Lucky Bay ferry operators to slash fares for EP residents?
I don’t see that happening given fares for Lucky Bay are higher than the regular rates for the Sealink.
There is an alternative though.
I know this is an old chestnut, but if you want a jobs creation project, it’s a simple solution.
And it would be a truly visionary project.
I know some people might complain, but they can build a bridge and get over it.
Just like we would.
Why not take a step up and build a bridge from Lucky Bay to Wallaroo?
Yes, I appreciate that it would be costly, but it wouldn’t involve tunnel drilling, which takes up a lot of cost when it comes to road infrastructure in Adelaide.
It would open up the two main peninsulas of SA to business with each other.
It would encourage more EP tourism.
It would encourage population growth on the EP to ensure we stop seeing our towns fade away.
Obviously those who are opposed to any change or growth wouldn’t like it, but who honestly enjoys seeing the towns of the EP left to the history books?
It’s a perfect example of what could happen if vision was shown.
The ships in Whyalla could sail straight underneath.
And if you prefer a scenic route, the ferry can still operate.
But if you’re like me and find it a rough trot to drive for seven hours, then this would be perfect as a way to avoid the slog.
The Lucky Bay bridge.
Let’s make it happen!