Ulmarra Ferry Fears As Sydney Labor Looks To Wield Axe

NSW Nationals

Clarence Nationals MP Richie Williamson says there are growing concerns the critical Ulmarra to Southgate ferry service is next on the chopping block as the NSW Labor Government continues to cut regional services to fund projects in its political heartland in Sydney.

Mr Williamson said shutting down the historic ferry service would have major consequences for Clarence Valley residents.

“It would turn a return trip between Southgate and Ulmarra from 4km to 60km. This extra mileage, time, and cost will be devastating for the many families and small business operators who use this service.”

Mr Williamson put a Question on Notice to the NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison in Parliament this week about the government’s intentions for regarding the ferry service.

“I have it on good authority that the government is considering a proposal from its Sydney bean counters to shut down this essential and long-held link between Southgate and Ulmarra, which has served the community well for so many years,” Mr Williamson said.

Mr Williamson encouraged locals who back the retention of the ferry to email him at [email protected].

“The more support I can get from the local community, the better the chances of convincing the Government not to make this cruel decision,” Mr Williamson concluded.

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