WORKS to upgrade Portarlington’s pier for future generations has commenced this week with the state government set to improve its safety while supporting local jobs.
The $9.6 million upgrades to the pier are anticipated to enhance the safety for commercial operators, pedestrians, recreational boaters and fishers using the facility.
Ferry access will also be upgraded under the developments with the new covered walkway to separate pedestrians from vehicle access of commercial operators which currently share the space.
While improvements to the current pier are now under construction, the old structure which has been closed since 2018 will be demolished under the development plans.
Over 24 million dollars has been committed under the pier and Jetty Maintenance package, currently set aside to improve the safety of up to nine facilities across the state.
The project forms a part of the Victorian government’s $328.4 million investment in critical freight, boating, public transport and roads maintenance which is anticipated to create more than 600 jobs.
Other works funded under the package include an upgrade to the Queenscliff South Pier lifeboat shed which involves the structural repair and restoration of the building.
Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne said the new safety measures will also provide economic aid to regional communities.
“Our significant work to improve the Portarlington Pier will support the local economy – as well as commercial operators, fishers and boaters and the wider community,” she said.
“Our Building Works package is investing in local communities, supporting local jobs as our economy recovers.
While improvements are underway, Parks Victoria will undertake routine dredging in Portarlington’s Harbour to enhance vessel access.
The Old Portarlington Pier remains closed for community safety with priority access given as necessary.
Construction is anticipated to be completed by September 2022 with on-site works set to pause during peak summer periods.
To find out more information on the Piers and Jetty Maintenance package head to https://transport.vic.gov.au/our-transport-future/our-projects/upgrading-piers-and-jetties.