Shoalhaven News

Comerong Island Ferry "High and Dry"

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Shoalhaven City Council will commence refurbishment works to refurbish the Comerong Island Ferry and replace the concrete approach ramps on either side of Berry's Canal from today.  

The work, which is expected to take 3-4 months, will include renewal and repair work to the vessel including hull repairs, ramp overhaul, renewal of deck fittings, and landing and moorings. 

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said the refurbishment works are necessary to maintain the long-term safety and viability of the service.

“Council is regularly required to service the Ferry to maintain its Certificate of Survey in order to operate the vessel. This out of water survey is required to be completed every five years," she said.

On this occasion, work will also be undertaken to replace the concrete approach ramps on either side of Berry’s Canal.” 

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 “Council is completing both major projects at the same time to limit the disruption to residents, as both works prevent the operation of the ferry service.”

“Over the past few months Council staff have worked closely with residents to ensure they have been kept informed of the project and can prepare for the ferry closure period,” Clr Findley said.   

The normal ferry service will be out of commission whilst the works are being undertaken.

A pedestrian ferry service will be provided for residents of Comerong Island during the refurbishment of the 'Cormorant' Ferry and reconstruction of the approach ramps. 

Members of the public will be unable to access Comerong Island during the ferry service closure. 

Images: Peter Andrea