Portarlington Harbour Upgrades
Project duration & key dates *
Stage 1: New pier head and low landing April to November 2021
Stage 2: Removal of old pier August to September 2021
Stage 3: Construction of rock groyne (proposed) September to December 2021
Stage 4: Construction of covered walkway Late 2021 to June 2022
Stage 5: Landscape and other improvement works July to September 2022
*Timing of staged works estimates only and may be subject to change due to weather, approvals and other influences.
Portarlington Pier work is part of the $24 million Victorian Government Piers and Jetties Stimulus Package. The total project cost is $9.6 million.
Department of Transport
Portarlington Harbour has undergone significant improvements in recent years to realise the long-term vision set out in the Portarlington Safe Harbour Plan 2009. The work will create a state-of-the-art facility that is safer and more accessible for commercial operators, recreational boaters, anglers, the local community and visitors for years to come.
The new Portarlington Pier was completed in 2017 and has been a popular fishing, boating and diving spot. It’s also home to Port Phillip Ferries and the Port Phillip mussel farming industry.
The next stage of works will deliver vital improvements such as a covered walkway to the ferry terminal, a new strengthened pier head, widened deck to provide safer access, and an accessible low landing. Upgrades to the pier will support local aquaculture fishers, the ferry service and other harbour visitors, as well as creating jobs during construction.
Works being undertaken include:
Pier head and low landing replacement April to November 2021
Sections of the original northern pier head will be removed, along with the eastern low landing. The new pier head will be stronger, allowing for higher load capacities to better service the aquiculture industry. In addition, a new more accessible low landing will be built to the south of the existing landing.
Update: The existing low landing has now been removed and construction of the replacement pier head is well underway. Alternate berthing/unloading areas for the aquaculture industry who use the low landing is arranged through Parks Victoria. Continued access to recreational berths and groyne for walking and fishing will be maintained where safe to do so, but may be varied or narrowed in some areas.
Image: Demolition of pier head and low landing and driving of new piles.
Image: Construction of new pier head.
Removal of old pier August to September 2021
The old Portarlington Pier will be removed. The pier has been closed since 2018 due to structural failures which posed a risk to public safety.
Construction of covered walkway Late 2021 to June 2022
A purpose-built walkway will provide safer access from the foreshore to the ferry terminal, separating commercial vehicles and pedestrians. The covered walkway will provide shelter from wind, rain and wave spray. Artwork created by the Traditional Owners of Wadawurrung Country will be incorporated into the walls of the structure.
As is currently the case, pedestrians and authorised vehicles will continue to share access on the western side of the new pier while the covered walkway is being installed.
Landscape and other improvement works July 2022 to September 2022
Improvement works on the pier and covered walkway entrance will enhance pedestrian access and existing services will be altered accordingly. Minor improvements to the northern breakwater will enhance pedestrian access.
Staged work may be subject to change due to weather, approvals and other influences.
Proposed works pending approval:
Construction of rock groyne September to December 2021
Construction of a new rock groyne on the western side of the harbour will help reduce wave height, protect the ferry berth and reduce sand migration into the harbour. The new groyne will connect to the existing fixed wave screen forming a complete barrier reducing wave action and keeping sand on the beach, not in the harbour. This part of the project is subject to Marine and Coastal Act consent.
Artists impression of Portarlington Pier covered walkway entrance.
Artists impression of Wadawurrung Country artwork integration into the covered walkway.
Access to the harbour and pier during works
Maintaining safe access for commercial operators, as well as fishers, boaters and pedestrians will be a priority during construction. Access may be limited or varied (but not fully restricted) to sections of the new pier and existing groyne at times to enable safe works and deliveries. A full closure is not planned. See onsite signage for more information.
Ferry services will continue to operate throughout the works. Please see Port Phillip Ferries website for timetables
Licensed tour operator and commercial operator access will be maintained unless otherwise notified.
The existing low landing has been removed. The old pier will remain closed until removed due to structural safety issues.
Other disruptions during works
There may be some visual amenity impacts. A fenced work site will be established in the foreshore car park.
It may be noise while works are underway. Noise will be restricted to site working hours. Heavy and oversized vehicles may require access to the pier for deliveries - directions from contractors and on site signage should be observed for safety.
Works will be suspended from 18 December 2021 to end of January 2022 to minimise impact on community, local business and visitors during the peak summer season.
Parks Victoria is the local port Manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell, with the three local ports combined receiving 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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