Council has given its approval for Geelong’s iconic floating
Christmas tree to be repositioned closer to the shore, to allow for the new
Geelong to Docklands ferry to berth safely nearby in all weather conditions.
The move is expected to give spectators a better view of the tree,
which will be in place for a sixth year.
Councillors have also agreed to the installation of mooring piles
at Steampacket Quay for the state government’s trial commuter ferry service,
which begins this December.
three-year trial service is expected to deliver Geelong a big tourism boost and
give commuters more options when travelling to Melbourne.
than 6,000 people a month have used the Portarlington Ferry Service, with this
figure doubling during the peak summer season last year, and it’s anticipated
the Geelong service will attract similar numbers. The ferry has been
purpose-built to be larger than the Portarlington ferry, in anticipation of
higher passenger take-up.
City has extensively investigated all options for berthing the ferry within the
Geelong waterfront precinct. Steampacket Quay is the only suitable and
cost-effective option available.
of the mooring piles will enable the tree and ferry to co-exist during the busy
The $90,000 cost of the mooring
piles and associated infrastructure will be funded
through the City’s 2019-2020 Capital Project program.
The floating Christmas tree will be launched on Friday 8 November 2019 with a special, one-night only event.
Bruce Harwood - Mayor
This is a good outcome for a clever and creative city. I have no
doubt the popular floating Christmas tree will again be a huge success, with
its new position giving visitors a closer view than ever.
Since its arrival in 2014, the floating tree and light show have
brought more visitors to the waterfront and CBD, and added excitement and
variety to the City’s Christmas program.
It’s fantastic we’ve been able to find a solution so the tree and
ferry can co-exist at Steampacket Quay during the Christmas period. The
economic return from the service and tourism will far outweigh the initial
Councillor Peter Murrihy - Co-Chair, Social Infrastructure Planning portfolio
The mooring infrastructure will allow
for our iconic floating Christmas tree to not only co-exist with the upcoming
ferry service, but it will further enhance the viewing experience for excited
The ferry will have impressive benefits
for our region. The service is expected to bring 55,000 visits here, the
creation of 43 local jobs and $9.5 million in revenue for our local economy.