Works are underway to improve safety for commercial operators, pedestrians, recreational boaters and fishers at Victoria’s Portarlington Pier.
Access to the Portarlington ferry will be improved through the construction of a covered walkway to separate pedestrians from vehicle access for commercial operators which currently share the space.
The Old Portarlington Pier remains closed for the safety of the community with priority access given as required. On-site works will pause during the peak summer break and are set to be complete by September 2022.
“The improvements 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,” Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said.
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Parks Victoria will undertake routine maintenance dredging in Portarlington Harbour, providing improved access for vessels into the harbour while the improvement works are underway.
The old pier, which closed in 2018, will be demolished as part of the upgrade.
The upgrade has been funded as part of a $24.4 million investment in the repair and upgrade of piers and jetties across Victoria.
Ports and Freight Melissa Horne said the $2.7 billion Building Works is investing into local communities and supporting local jobs as our economy recovers.
“Our significant work to improve Portarlington Pier will support the local economy – as well as commercial operators, fishers and boaters and the wider community,” Horne said.