Turns Out Ferry McFerryface WASN’T A Public Name Choice
Following a freedom of information investigation, 9 News have revealed that the Sydney ferry named Ferry McFerryface was in fact handpicked by the NSW transport minister Andrew Constance despite his department advising him not to do so.
According to documents obtained by 9 News, the competition cost the state $100,000 and the name Ferry McFerryface only won 182 votes by the public. The true frontrunner of the competition with 22,025 votes was actually ‘Ian Kiernan’ after the founder of Clean Up Australia.
The panel originally rejected the name Ferry McFerryface early on in the naming process, but when the name was announced Constance said, “We got global attention and a bit of fun for kids with selfies and grandparents. We followed the panel recommendations for the first 5, but for the last one we though let’s do something a bit different.”
There was an overwhelming amount of negative feedback from the public when the name was revealed. Workers from the Maritime Union of Australia even threatened not to crew the ferry until it was renamed.
The ferry has now been renamed May Gibbs after the treasured children’s author.