Altona Pier Redevelopment
Project stages and funding
Funding announced: July 2020
Design community consultation: July – August 2020
Detailed design commences: June 2021
Schematic designs released: Late 2021
Construction commences: Early to mid 2022
Construction completed: Late 2023
Project partner and funding
Department of Transport
The Altona Pier redevelopment is part of the Victorian Government’s $24 million Piers and Jetties Stimulus Packages under the Better Piers and Waterside Facilities initiative.
Altona Pier is being redeveloped as part of the Victorian Government’s construction blitz to create new jobs across Victoria and ensure the pier remains an accessible and safe place for locals and visitors to enjoy. The $24 million Piers and Jetties Stimulus Packages will support significant maintenance and safety upgrades to piers and jetties across Port Phillip and Western Port, including Altona, Tooradin, Rye, Queenscliff South, Portarlington and Middle Brighton piers.
Once complete, the new pier design will provide improved recreational space for more people to enjoy. Its modern angled head providing large functional community space, shade for hot summer days as well as better access for people fishing or swimming at Altona Beach is sure to be the envy of pier lovers.
The detailed design for the new pier will draw on key features from the community preferred concept design including:
- a modern look angled head which aligns with Pier Street, providing a connection to the historical elements of the pier’s heritage.
- a shade structure at the pier head for weather protection.
- motion sensing lights to minimise impact on wildlife while ensuring safe pedestrian access.
- ample seating along the pier and pier head.
- an extended fixed low landing providing mooring facilities for boats.
Concept design of option 3 - angled pier head prepared by Cardno Pty Ltd
Plan of concept design 3 prepared by Cardno Pty Ltd
Altona Pier is a focal point for Melbourne's western suburbs and the main public pier between Werribee South and Port Melbourne, drawing large numbers of people from across Melbourne. Year-round anglers enjoy fishing from the pier, taking advantage of the artificial reefs within casting distance, improving the chance of a great catch of flathead and snapper. The nearby Altona Beach is a family friendly beach popular for swimming and kite boarding.
The original timber pier at Altona was built in the late 1800s, with significant repair works carried out in the 1950s. Although currently open for enjoyment, the pier is nearing the end of its design life and signs of structural failure pose a risk to public safety. To best cater for current and future community needs and ensure long term sustainability, a replacement is the most viable option.
A consultation process was undertaken in mid-2020 on three designs, with more than 60 per cent of respondents choosing the option with an angled pier head as the preferred design. Preparation of the detailed designs based on the preferred concept design option will mark the next milestone of this project.
Funding has been committed by the Victorian Government under the $24 million Piers and Jetties Stimulus Packages to revitalise the precinct and improve accessibility for the future.
Frequently asked questions
Why does the Altona Pier need to be replaced?
The original timber pier at Altona was built in the late 1800s, with significant repair works carried out in the 1980s. The current structure is now nearing the end of its functional life. To best cater for current and future community needs and ensure long term sustainability, a replacement is the most viable option.
When will the new pier be built?
At this early stage of design, a construction timeline cannot be provided. Detailed design, additional community engagement and further planning will be undertaken before a completion date is determined. As a guide, the detailed schematic designs are expected to be released in late 2021, with construction to commence in first half of 2022 and finish in late 2023.
Will the current pier be closed during construction of the new pier?
At this early stage it is anticipated that the old pier will remain open unless safety during construction is compromised (for example, when materials, large cranes or equipment is delivered to the site) or the condition of the current pier deteriorates to such a point that closure is necessary for public safety. Please Note: Altona Pier was damaged in a severe storm on Wednesday 9 June 2021, and the low landing broke away. For now, the pier approach up to the first low landing remains open but access may be further restricted if changing weather conditions continue to create risks.
The new pier is proposed to be constructed adjacent to the current pier on an angled alignment. The new pier will replace the function of the current pier. The current pier will be removed as part of the redevelopment. Parks Victoria will continue to monitor the current pier’s condition to manage community safety in the meantime.
How was the design determined?
Parks Victoria engaged with the community and key stakeholders in July and August 2020 to gain feedback to help inform a future design and support decisions about the pier. More than 1,200 people provided feedback on three concept designs with more than 60 per cent choosing Option 3 with an angled pier head as the preferred design. The Community Engagement Summary Report can be viewed here.
Is Altona Pier heritage listed?
The pier is not listed on the Heritage Victoria inventory list. The Hobsons Bay Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay HO255 includes the pier for its local historical and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobsons Bay. Given the heritage overlay, statutory approvals are required to be obtained. Parks Victoria has undertaken a heritage impact assessment and will continue to work with Hobsons Bay City Council to integrate and share the history of the pier with the community.
How are the heritage values of the old pier and precinct being considered?
Whilst the current pier does not contain all its original fabric, with its rejuvenation in the 1980s, Parks Victoria recognises the heritage value the pier contributes to the precinct character and is committed to ensuring these values are preserved through appropriate management. While the broad values associated with the area will be preserved, the current pier will be removed following the completion of the new pier. During the detailed design phase, those same heritage values will be considered in a heritage interpretation plan that will ensure the historical significance of the pier precinct is preserved and shared for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
What approvals are required to build the new and remove the current pier?
As the pier is subject to a heritage overlay, planning approval to demolish the old pier may be required from the relevant statutory planning authority which is the Hobsons Bay City Council. Marine and Coastal Act 2018 Consent from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is also required given the asset is located on Crown land and in close proximity to the coast.
Parks Victoria is the local port manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell. The three local ports combined receive approximately 80 million visits a year, and include 263,000 hectares of waterway, marine protected areas, channels, piers and jetties, moorings and aids to navigation.
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Altona Pier - Community Consultation Summary Report