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Portarlington Ferry Service – At What Cost?

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My question is on behalf of a constituent.

On 16 November the Minister for Water announced the continuation of the ferry service from Portarlington to Docklands.

Further, this year’s budget revealed that the government was evaluating a market-led proposal which may result in the government providing funding of $5 million over three years to facilitate a trial.

While potential forward expenditure is identified in the budget, expenditure in the 2016–17 year and earlier years is shrouded in mystery.

So I ask: what was the amount paid to the Little Group and/or any subsidiary or associated company or business partners to either directly or indirectly facilitate the establishment and ongoing operations of the Portarlington to Docklands ferry from the date of its first operation until 30 June 2017?