Iluka/Yamba skipper Scott Bryant has provided one of the only exits for Yamba residents wanting to get out of town.
Iluka/Yamba skipper Scott Bryant has provided one of the only exits for Yamba residents wanting to get out of town. Daily Examiner

Review for ferry pricing

THE Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is calling for public submissions on how best to set fares for ferries servicing Iluka and Yamba.

Each year, IPART sets the maximum fares that can be charged for regular private ferry services operated by Clarence River Ferries between Iluka and Yamba. The current maximum fare on this route is $7.20.

After five years of basing fares for regular private ferry services in NSW on two differ- ent-cost models (for slow and fast ferries) IPART is considering new, simplified approaches for the future, as well as setting maximum fares to be effective from December.

The review of ferry fares on the Clarence River is part of a broader review of fares for all regular private ferry services across NSW and the Stockton ferry service in Newcastle.

Fares for Sydney Ferries are determined through a separate process.

IPART chairman Peter Boxall said the issues paper released today; Review of Fares for Private Ferries and Stockton Ferry from 2014, invites public comment about the best approach for fares.

"This review will consider the costs involved in providing these services in the most efficient way, as well as the impacts of the fares on customers," Dr Boxall said.

"We are seeking feedback from both the ferry operators and passengers who use these services on how to best set fares to address affordability, reliability, quality and safety," Dr Boxall said.

Submissions to the issues paper close on September 20.

A draft report will be released in October for further comment, along with a public hearing before the final report is provided to Transport for NSW in December.

The issues paper is available on www.

ipart.nsw.gov.au.



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