Sandringham Harbour - Local Port Area Plan

Project status

July 2022:  Thank you for your feedback!

Consultation on the draft Sandringham Harbour Local Port Area Plan is now closed.

A consultation summary report is currently being prepared and will be shared on this page and distributed to those who have provided their email contact during the consultation process. Community feedback on the attributes of an upgraded pier and proposed changes to improve the safety and function of the harbour will be considered in the final plan - due for release in Spring 2022. While the survey is now closed Parks Victoria welcomes ongoing feedback - please sign up for email updates.


Sandringham Harbour is an iconic waterside facility and important focal point for the community.  Parks Victoria, as the local port manager for Port Phillip, is looking ahead and considering ways to make this facility safer and more accessible for more people to enjoy for many more years to come.  

Sandringham Harbour supports a diversity of recreational and commercial boating and other water dependent activities. Harbour users include the club members, beach walkers, dog walkers, anglers, off the beach boating (e.g. kayaks, stand up paddle boards, sail boards, kite boarding and dinghy sailing), keel boats/yachts, motor boating, commercial boating (e.g. hire boats, training activities, boat repair and sales, etc.), swing mooring holders, and others.   The precinct also contributes more broadly to the social and environmental values of the area and community.

The first pier was built in 1882.  The current pier was last substantially upgraded in 2002 with the replacement of the deck elements.  The piles have now failed having reached the end of their service life and the pier is closed.  This plan will help confirm the form and function of a future pier in Sandringham Harbour.  Parks Victoria commissioned a report into the background history of Hampton Pier to assist with future planning.  


The Project

Sandringham Harbour, on Bunurong Sea Country, is one of the iconic yachting and boating destinations within Port Phillip.  To ensure that it continues be a safe and thriving maritime precinct for many more years to come, Parks Victoria is developing a Local Port Area Plan (plan) for the precinct.

Focusing on the on-water elements, the future plan for Sandringham Harbour aims to improve the safety and function of the harbour responding to changing conditions and user needs, and confirm the community’s aspirations for a new Hampton Pier.  The plan defines a safer entrance channel, proposes options for Hampton Pier, provides direction regarding the future of swing moorings and berths within the harbour, and considers the needs of 'off the beach' boating users like the growing number of stand-up paddle board enthusiasts and kayakers.  

This project is part of the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Local Ports Framework and Parks Victoria's local ports forward planning program.  Stakeholder and community input is being sought at key stages of the development of the plan.   

Local ports play an important role for businesses and local communities.  A future ready plan will help guide Victorian Government investment priorities and provide a more sustainable approach to meeting economic, tourism and community needs.

Project timeline

Background research - harbour user focus group: September 2021 (complete)

Prepare draft plan:  October 2021 to April 2022 (complete)

Community consultation of draft plan: 16 May - 10 June 2022 (complete)

Feedback considered:  11 June to Spring 2022 (underway)

Final plan released:  Spring 2022

  *timelines are a guide only and may be subject to change.


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Related news

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.  

Places to visit - Sandringham Harbour

View the draft Sandringham Harbour Local Port Area Plan

View the Stakeholder Focus Groups key findings.

View the Hampton Pier Background History Report 2022 (GML Heritage)


Frequently asked questions 

What is happening with Hampton Pier?

Under the draft plan, Hampton Pier is proposed to be replaced following the same alignment.  Removal of the current pier would be necessary as a result.  The 2022/23 Victorian State Budget invests in the future upgrade of Hampton Pier.  Planning for a new pier has already begun through the local port area plan process, and likely to take around two years to deliver subject to design, approval and construction phasing.  A key objective of the current planning process is to determine the community’s desires and requirements for a successful pier facility. Repair of the current pier is not considered a viable option and is closed for safety reasons.

Why is the plan needed?

Hampton Pier has reached the end of its design life and options for its future need to be considered. In addition, the existing eastern entrance channel does not comply with the relevant Australian Standard, and coastal processes are impacting on the use and function of the facility. The plan will help guide Victorian Government investment in the renewal of Hampton Pier and other changes within the harbour, providing a more sustainable approach to meeting economic, tourism and community needs.

Who is preparing the plan?  

Parks Victoria, as the relevant local port manager, is leading the project.  A project reference group (PRG) comprising representatives from Parks Victoria, Bayside City Council and Department of Transport, has been convened to advise on the project.  Consultants, AW Maritime, have been appointed to prepare the draft and final Local Port Area Plan.

How is the community and stakeholders being involved in the preparation of the plan?

In September 2021, Parks Victoria conducted stakeholder focus groups comprising participants who represent the views and interests of key local stakeholders and user groups of the harbour. The participants worked with Parks Victoria to discuss the current value, issues and future vision of Sandringham Harbour.  Early input from this group, along with input from the Traditional Owners through the Bunurong Land Council and Aboriginal Corporation, helped inform the draft plan.    View the Stakeholder Focus Groups key findings.

In Autumn 2022, we asked the community for feedback to help shape the Sandringham Harbour Local Port Area Plan, including design attributes of a new Hampton Pier.   We are in the process of reviewing what you said, and will provide a summary report back to community when complete.

Why was Hampton Pier closed?  

Parks Victoria has been monitoring the condition of the Hampton Pier closely as it approaches the end of its service life. The pier has been deteriorating more rapidly in recent years. Following inspection by maritime engineers in July 2019, the pier was closed to vehicles in August 2019.  In addition to ongoing visual monitoring, an inspection by specialist divers was completed in May 2020. This inspection found widespread necking (narrowing) and marine borer activity had affected the piles to the extent that the structural capacity was compromised. The results of the dive inspection determined that the pier is failing and closure of the pier was recommended. The pier was closed to pedestrian access to ensure public safety in June 2020.  
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