A HISTORIC landmark in Queenscliff will receive $500,000 funding to ensure it’s preserved for future generations.
The historic Queenscliff Pier, jetty and lifeboat shed will undergo major restoration works thanks to the state government’s funding injection.
The Queenscliff Pier and Lifeboat Complex is of historical significance for its associations with the lifeboat service, the sea pilot service, the famous bay ferries and paddle steamers.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said many locals had raised the importance of the shed with her, so she was pleased to have ensured this funding was made available.
“It will ensure this historic and much-loved asset will be now enjoyed and used by locals and tourists alike for years to come,” Ms Neville said.
“The shed really is one of those historic landmarks that contributes to the character of Queenscliff and there was no way that I, nor the local community, were going to let it just deteriorate further.”
The $500,000 investment, which comes from Heritage Victoria’s Living Heritage Program, will improve recreational and commercial access to the precinct. The state government’s injection of funding means this significant site will be protected and ensure that its historical, cultural and architectural values will be preserved for future generations.
Parks Victoria, as land managers for the site, will be the agency responsible for undertaking these heritage works on the peninsula and will be conducted in two stages.
Stage One of works will involve undertaking urgent repair works to the deteriorated piles at the sheds.
Stage Two of works will involve restoring the two boatsheds.
Currently, both the sheds and piles that support them are in poor condition.
The precinct is maintained as a prominent landmark on the peninsula and serves as an important reminder of the area’s vibrant maritime history.
Major restoration works are required to ensure protection of this significant maritime heritage assets and community access in to the future.
Once restored, the sheds will have the capacity to provide opportunities for community use and consideration of appropriate commercial use.