Call us paranoid but even with 20,000 petitioners calling for their retention, the Freshwater ferries still better watch their backs.
Manly resident Jenny Ingham spotted this submarine (one of ours, we presume) following a Freshwater class ferry in Sydney Harbour. It’s actually a couple of years old it turns out and the submarine might even be hitching a ride, but it gave us a laugh given the Freshwater ferries are considered “under threat” by many in the community since NSW Government announcements they will be scrapped.
The larger vessels, which travels from Manly to Circular Quay and back daily, are to be replaced with smaller but more modernised catamaran style ferries called the Emerald class from this year.
Following community pressure, including from Manly MP James Griffin, Transport Minister Andrew Constance agreed to retain two of the ferries for weekend and public holiday use only.
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Cr Bingham said it is only the second time an e-petition to parliament had reached 20,000 signatures.