The West Australian

The latest population figures, which show Perth had the biggest jump in population growth last year, have prompted calls to expedite the State Government’s proposal to expand the city’s ferry system.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data revealed Perth’s population increased by 3.6 per cent last financial year, with more than 81,000 people moving to Perth last financial year amid a housing and rental crisis.

WA’s peak property development body, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA) chief executive Tanya Steinbeck said an expansion of the city’s ferry service would be a fantastic catalyst for infill development in a range of areas.

“An expanded ferry service network across the Swan River is something that has been discussed and considered many times over the years and would be a welcome addition to Perth’s public transport network. Just recently the Cook Government pitched a ‘Metronet on the Swan’ plan that addresses this issue,” Ms Steinbeck said.

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