Piers and jetties
Delivering pier and jetty upgrades
Piers and jetties are iconic parts of Melbourne and important focal points for many communities and businesses. With more than 30 million visits annually, they contribute to economic growth and employment, benefiting communities through social wellbeing, tourism, marine activities, and related industries.
Many of these structures were renewed around 50 years ago and are reaching the end of their design life, requiring significant investment to keep them safe for the community.
Priority investment is being directed where it is needed most and ready to be delivered, with Parks Victoria overseeing more than $70 million of vital upgrades to make several piers better for the future.
Through the Victorian Government's $24 million Piers and Jetties economic stimulus package, works recently completed include the renovation of Middle Brighton Pier, construction of a new Tooradin Jetty, and a new pier head, low-landing pontoon and rock groyne at Portarlington Pier. Restoration of the historic Lifeboat Shed at Queenscliff South Pier is nearing completion. Cowes Jetty has also been upgraded to support improved recreational boating facilities.
A number of other stimulus funded major improvements are scheduled between 2022–2024, including at Rye Pier and Altona Pier, further upgrades at Portarlington Pier, and a $53 million redevelopment of St Kilda Pier.
Beyond these projects Parks Victoria is also planning for the future.
Regular engagement with stakeholders and communities is helping to better understand aspirations and priorities for the future. Community information is used to help inform the Victorian Government of the repair and renewal requirements and priorities of the large portfolio of maritime assets to deliver a safe and sustainable local ports network for everyone to enjoy. Future planning projects underway include Sandringham Harbour Local Ports Area Plan and Middle Brighton Pier Future Planning.
Through the support of the newly developed Sustainable Local Ports Framework, Parks Victoria will work closely with other agencies, stakeholders and community to prioritise future investment where it’s needed most.
This investment and decision-making pathway will go a long way to building a sustainable network that everyone can continue to enjoy for many years to come.