The McGowan Government has announced a new ferry will be built and encourages local manufacturers to get involved.
The new vessel will become the third in the fleet and will be replacing the 20-year-old MV Shelley Taylor-Smith, which will now be retained and used a reserve.
“Our new ferry will be modern and a versatile vessel, built to take on longer journeys so we can keep our option open if new routes are required in the future,” said transport minister, Rita Saffioti.
The new ferry will have 148 seats and a toilet, which can be used for longer journeys than the current Elizabeth Quay to South Perth service.
A new shelter has been installed at the Mends street Jetty in South Perth, making travelling on the ferry even more comfortable for passengers.
“The Transperth ferry holds a special place in the hearts of families from all over WA – it’s a great way to see the Swan River, view the city and commute to work,” Ms Saffioti said.