Emergency crossings At any time (day or night), if you need an emergency service (ambulance, fire, police, SES) there is no need to alert the ferry.
Contact the emergency service on 000 and they will contact the ferry to make the necessary transporting arrangements.
Timetable and fares
Flashing lights Flashing yellow lights on the ferry mean that a short term emergency is underway and the ferry is temporarily not uploading passengers.
The flashing lights are activated to provide priority services for ambulances, CFA, police and SES.
During this situation the ferry's loading and unloading is managed at the discretion of the ferry driver.
Driver etiquette Car drivers who are first in a lane should park as close as possible to the ramp.
If you leave too much space between you and the car in front other drivers are disadvantaged because they cannot board the ferry. So please park as close as possible to the car in front, remember to switch off your engine and engage the handbrake. Always watch the lane lights that indicate when you can disembark.
Remember that drivers and passengers must stay in their vehicles while on the ferry.
In the event of an unscheduled outage, Raymond Island offers a volunteer SMS service advising registered users about 'UNPLANNED' ferry outages for $5.00 per year. Bulk registrations for the SMS service every year at the Community Hall on EASTER MONDAY and QUEENS BIRTHDAY MONDAY between 10:30am and 1:00pm. Pay by $5 note (NO COINS ACCEPTED). Other times ask the ferry driver for a registration form and follow the instructions. Excess funds (if any) are used for community projects.
Please do not contact the ferry driver unless absolutely necessary - wait for SMS alerts!
SPECIAL NOTE - Raymond Island Ferry - Review of Levels of Service - July 2019 East Gippsland Shire has appointed consultants Nick Murray & Associates (including Martin Richardson) to undertake a review and make recommendations on levels of service for the Raymond Island Ferry. Council is seeking to articulate more precisely the level of service Council will provide for transport connectivity between Paynesville and Raymond Island, including the provision of services during ferry outages. The drivers for this action are the identified needs to:
• Provide clarity of service provision for ferry patrons, emergency services agencies, utilities providers and other service providers; • Develop a Council policy for transport connectivity and related services between Paynesville and Raymond Island; and • Provide clarity of service delivery requirements to the Ferry Contractor in order to address ambiguity or lack of definition in the current contract. An Information Sheet about the project is available here. Community consultation is an important part of the project and a Reference Group has been set up consisting of RICA representatives, Island residents and business owners from Raymond Island and Paynesville. All Raymond Island property owners and residents will be able to have their say. An Engagement Plan has been prepared and is available here. Please stay tuned for further updates and opportunities to be involved.
If you have any queries about the project, feel free to contact: Nick Murray: email@example.com Martin Richardson: firstname.lastname@example.org