The rebuild of Melbourne’s St Kilda Pier, being delivered with a $53 million funding investment from the Victorian Government, is taking shape.
Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne inspected progress at the St Kilda site earlier this week where recent works have included construction of the structure to form the new curved section.
“We’re getting on with these important works at St Kilda,” said Minister Horne. “I’m delighted to see the progress at this massive project which will benefit Victorians, tourists and of course – our resident penguin colony.’’
“Our piers and jetties help drive tourism and our economy and are important focal points for families, communities, boaters and anglers and will remain so for years to come.’’
The new pier will feature a wider and more accessible walkway, tiered seating and a 140-metre-long protected habitat for the resident penguin colony, as well as a new penguin viewing area.
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Locals and visitors will benefit from better open space, while access to the heritage kiosk will be preserved when the new pier opens next year.
The heritage building has been the inspiration for the pier’s new design and commercial operators will soon be invited to submit expressions of interest to operate from the kiosk.
A new low landing to provide greater access for ferries and boats to dock alongside the pier is also taking shape with major works including the installation of durable concrete headstocks.
The existing St Kilda Pier was built in the 1970’s and the current rebuild has involved significant work over the past two years to install hundreds of piles, headstocks and deck panels.
The Victorian Government announced $46 million in the State Budget 2023-24, so critical works can take place at piers and jetties including Warneet North and South Jetties, Williamstown’s Workshops Pier, St Leonards Pier and Dromana Pier.
It follows further investment for rebuilding and critical works at piers and jetties at Rye, Raymond Island, Lakes Entrance, McLoughlins Beach, Williamstown, Flinders, Mornington and Hampton.