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Ulmarra ferry fears

According to Clarence Nationals MP Richie Williamson, there are growing concerns that the critical Ulmarra to Southgate ferry service is next on the chopping block as the NSW Government continues to cut regional services.

“Shutting down our historic ferry service would have major consequences for Clarence Valley residents,” Mr Williamson said.

“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 said he put a ‘Question on Notice’ to the NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison questions in Parliament last week about the Government’s intention regarding the ferry service and will be interested in her response.

“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 clarence@parliament.nsw.gov.au.

“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.