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Extended Raymond Island Ferry outage in October

Friday 15 September

The Raymond Island Ferry will be out of service for three weeks in October as it undergoes its major two-yearly routine maintenance. The ferry will be out of service from October 9 to 30.


Works to be completed during the outage include:

  • cleaning and anti-fouling the hull;
  • sandblasting and repainting the decks;
  • general maintenance repairs on all mechanical parts serviced; and
  • and replacing all handrails and installing new guide modules.


East Gippsland Shire Council Director Operations Chris Waites said council had listened to customer feedback and has provided advance notice of this extended outage.


“We first advised residents in April via our website, and distributed flyers to ferry passengers in July-August. This was to help residents plan things such as building projects and holidays around the outage,” Mr Waites said.


Council will establish a secure car park at Slip Road boat ramp in Paynesville during the outage.


“This is a different set up to previous outages, but we believe it will still be convenient for residents,” Mr Waites said.


The pedestrian water taxi will pick up and drop off passengers between the jetty near the Raymond Island ferry terminal, Slip Road boat ramp, and Paynesville CBD.


The water taxi and Raymond Island commuter bus will operate on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 to allow residents to relocate a vehicle to the mainland.


They will operate from 7am to 7pm on these days, with a full service running from October 9.


A barge will be available for emergency vehicles and utility providers; however, it is not available for residents.


Council encourages residents to organise delivery of materials, such as building supplies or gas bottles, before the outage.


Residents are reminded parking restrictions apply in the Paynesville CBD.


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