1 November 2016
Magnetic Island and Palm Island Ferry Fare to increase
SeaLink Queensland continues to demonstrate its commitment to expanding tourism in the region however confirms today that due to escalating costs it can no longer hold fares to Magnetic Island and Palm Island at their current level.
Fares have not increased to Magnetic Island since August 2012 and June 2013 to Palm Island.
SeaLink General Manager, Paul Victory, said the fare increase is regrettable but necessary to ensure the ongoing investment into transport services in the region. The ability of SeaLink to continue to invest in new transport initiatives, vessels and tourism development is contingent on the ongoing success of the travel routes. The increment on Palm Island fares will help the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council raise funds for the maintenance of its jetty and floating pontoon.
SeaLink have been conscious of finding efficiencies and savings to hold fares, but is no longer able. Service and supply increases include;
· A significant increase in fleet maintenance costs including vessel supplies;
· An increase in Government passenger landing fees, port leases and licenses taking fees and charges to in excess of $750k per annum;
· An increase in core wage costs to in excess of $3m per annum;
SeaLink will continue to invest into the Magnetic Island and Palm Island fleet over the next few years and plans to upgrade our fleet by 2020. SeaLink General Manager, Paul Victory said “the comfort, convenience and reliability of our fleet is paramount for the success of the travel routes for resident and visitor travel”.
SeaLink will continue to operate up to 18 services a day between Townsville and Magnetic Island. The standard adult fare to Magnetic Island will increase by 50 cents each way, substantially less than the accumulated CPI in the period.
SeaLink’s General Manager, Paul Victory said that ‘the majority of residents and regular visitors to Magnetic Island travel on a Flexi ticket which will increase from $102 to $105 for 10 trips’ or $10.50 per trip. Even more cost effective ferry fare prices are available for workers or for people willing to buy monthly and six monthly ticket options to Magnetic Island where travel is further reduced. With regular use of our monthly ticket a return fare is $16 and a six monthly ticket the one way fare reduces to $7.00 per trip, or $14 return.
SeaLink confirmed there will be no increase in Group fares for school children to Magnetic Island and no increase to our tourism trade partners. The School Holiday $60 family fare will also continue with no increase and the half price saver on the 7.05am service to Magnetic Island also continues.
Palm Island fares last increased in 2013 with the introduction of a new 5th weekly service. Palm Island’s one way fare will go up by $1.60 one way and $3.20 return on the full adult fare. The increase in fare will provide an additional $1.10 per person to the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council on a one way fare, to assist the maintenance of marine / jetty facilities. The concession fare will increase by 0.80cents on the one way fare.
SeaLink will continue to provide 5 services per week to Palm Island.
The new fares will come into place on Tuesday November 15th 2016.
SeaLink Queensland offers a convenient and reliable ferry services in the region and is committed to the ongoing support of the local community and community groups.
‘We are proud to continue our support for local community groups and organisations such as the Arcadia Surf Life Saving Club, Magnetic Island Bowls Club, Magnetic Island AFL team, the Naval Cadets, and on Palm Island the schools, Obe Geia, Cathy Freeman Foundation and local QRL teams’ Mr Victory states.
We are proud annual sponsors of Magnetic Island Race Week, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, The Magnetic Island Swim, the Magnetic Island Adventurethon and other events on Magnetic Island. Our commitments to Palm Island extend to developing tourism opportunity, investment into tourism infrastructure and working with the community.
For the new SeaLink Queensland ferry fares see below.
Paul Victory, General Manager, SeaLink QLD & NT