Hawkesbury City and The Hills Shire councils have agreed on a new contract for the operation of the Lower Portland Ferry.
From September 1 new operating hours of the ferry will be from 6am to 10pm daily, with two half hour closures from 10am to 10.30am and 6.30pm to 7pm.
In a media statement Hawkesbury Council said: "Council appreciates the importance of this ferry service to the community and recently completed an out of water survey in accordance with Australian Maritime Safety Authority regulations.
"Substantial improvements were carried out on the vessel to enhance safety and serviceability. In addition to these improvements made by Hawkesbury City Council, The Hills Shire Council reconstructed the ramp on the eastern side of the river to improve docking capability during variable tide and weather conditions."