Investing in our piers and jetties
Piers and jetties play a significant role in Victorian communities, supporting commercial fishing, marine businesses, recreation and tourism.
Plans and frameworks
Sustainable Local Ports Framework
The Victorian Government has committed $2.5 million to implement the Sustainable Local Ports Framework to provide a consistent planning and decision-making pathway.
The department has commenced implementation of the framework to improve local port management.
The framework outcomes will assist government in prioritising and directing future investment to where it is needed most.
The framework incorporates four principles reflecting government’s role in local ports: Local economy and jobs growth, tourism and recreation, emergency response and community and cultural value.
Local area plans will be developed for key precincts identified through the framework and guided by community and stakeholder engagement.
Download the Sustainable Local Ports Framework [PDF 191 KB].
Williamstown Maritime Precinct Framework
The Victorian Government has invested $200,000 to deliver the Williamstown Maritime Precinct Framework designed around the needs of those who use the area and to create a vision for the precinct whilst remaining true to its legacy as a heritage port.
We worked with community, industry, government, traditional owners and local council to develop this framework which identifies opportunities to guide future use and development of the precinct underpinned by a series of strategic directions and precinct options.
Download the Williamstown Maritime Precinct Framework [PDF 5.53 MB].
Sandringham Harbour Precinct
Parks Victoria, the local port manager, is preparing a local area plan for Sandringham Harbour Precinct which also considers future needs for a public pier at Hampton.
Through the appointment of a specialist maritime consultant and engagement with stakeholders, a draft plan is being prepared.
In addition to confirming the channel access, swing mooring and off-the-beach boating requirements, the draft plan will identify options for Hampton Pier.
Parks Victoria anticipates the draft plan will be released for public comment in the first half of 2022.
Learn more about the Sandringham Harbour Precinct.
St Kilda Pier Redevelopment
The Victorian Government is investing $53 million to deliver a rebuilt St Kilda Pier, boosting tourism, adding more green space and preserving the iconic landmark for generations to come.
The investment will deliver a new curved pier design, providing visitors with more open space and improved public facilities, while also preserving the historic kiosk.
This design was selected after an extensive community consultation process.
Work on the new St Kilda Pier has commenced with Simpson Constructions as the lead construction partner.
The current pier will remain open for visitors to enjoy until the new pier is fully functional in late 2024.
Learn more about the St Kilda Pier Redevelopment.
State Budget commitments 2022-23
The Victorian Government is supporting tourism, recreational, cultural activities, and local economies and communities with a $18 million investment in piers and jetties in the State Budget 2022/23.
We've prioritised this critical package of works under the Sustainable Local Ports Framework that helps us manage and maintain our Victoria’s local port infrastructure in a fair, consistent, and sustainable way.
Hampton Pier reconstruction
The Department, Parks Victoria and Bayside Council are preparing the Sandringham Harbour Precinct Plan.
The plan will consider the future requirements for the Hampton Pier within the harbour and adjoining land use by businesses, sporting clubs, cultural groups, and the community.
The Victoria Government is funding the reconstruction of the pier.
Parks Victoria has already engaged with the community and we're planning further public consultation after the release of the draft plan.
Community feedback will help us in finalising the plan. Design works will start once we when we finalise the plan.
Rye Pier reconstruction
Funding under the $24 million Building Works economic stimulus investment is already supporting the reconstruction of the Rye Pier approach. These works are due for completion by spring 2022.
Parks Victoria’s contractor is carrying out the first stage of the works, that the replacement of the 270-metre inner section that will make it safer, more durable and improve public accessibility.
The Victorian Government, through the State Budget 2022/23 is investing in the second stage of reconstruction works.
This stage of works will see the reconstruction the outer section of the pier approach and the head of pier.
Planning for the second stage of works will start in 2022-23.
Mornington Fisherman’s Jetty reconstruction
The Victorian Government is investing in the reconstruction of Fisherman’s Jetty at the Mornington Harbour.
The first stage of the project will involve planning for the ongoing use of the marine precinct.
Parks Victoria is preparing a local port area plan for Mornington Harbour to help define areas within the harbour for specific uses. This will help inform decisions about the Fisherman’s Jetty and help in assessing future tenure.
Parks Victoria has begun work on the Mornington Harbour Local Port Area Plan, including plans for community engagement.
McLoughlins Beach Jetty reconstruction
Gippsland Ports manages the McLoughlins Beach Jetty. Rebuilt in 1985, the jetty is now close to the end of its useful life.
The Victorian Government, under the State Budget 2022-23, is investing in the reconstruction of the jetty recognising the high value that the community places on it.
Gippsland Ports will keep the community informed as planning for the Jetty reconstruction works progresses, including plans for demolition of the current jetty to allow for the construction of the new jetty.
Raymond Island Public Jetty reconstruction
Gippsland Ports manages the Raymond Island Public Jetty, located on McMillan Strait between Raymond Island and Paynesville.
The jetty provides public berths for recreational boaters and charter operators.
Lakes Entrance Fishing Cooperative Limited South Jetty rebuild on Bullock Island
Lakes Entrance Fishing Cooperative Limited (LEFL) jetties on Bullock Island are approaching end of life and needs replacement. The southern jetty requires replacement first.
Gippsland Ports, leases the jetties to LEFL which services Victoria’s largest fishing fleet. The facility is a major economic generator for Lakes Entrance.
Under a refreshed Bullock Island Master Plan (2020), Gippsland Ports will review landing proposal options and ensure that the solution is value for money.
The Victorian Government, under the State Budget 2022-23, is investing to replace the LEFL South Jetty.
Gippsland Ports will engage with stakeholders and ensure that the commercial fishing industry has an asset that meets current and the future needs.
Sustainable Local Ports Critical Repairs
Through the State Budget 2021-22, we’re investing over $5.0 million in two critical local ports critical repair projects.
Apollo Bay Breakwater
We’ve provided the Colac Otway Shire with funding for critical repairs to the Lee Breakwater.
A tender for the works has been released.
Lakes Entrance Training Walls
Located at Lakes Entrance, the Training Walls form the manmade entrance channel for vessels travelling between Bass Strait and the Gippsland Lakes.
We’re supporting Gippsland Ports, the local port manager, to undertake stabilisation of the Training Walls. The current funding will allow Gippsland Ports to place additional rock armour on the Western Training Wall abutment.
A tender for rock procurement has been released.
Building Works economic stimulus
Transport projects form a key part of the $328.4 million Victorian Government investment in critical freight, boating, public transport and roads maintenance, which will create or support more than 600 jobs as we recover from COVID-19.
The pier and jetty projects include:
- $9.6 million upgrade of Portarlington Pier
- $11.6 million for upgrades and maintenance of piers in Port Phillip, including Altona, Middle Brighton, Flinders and Queenscliff South Piers
- $3.2 million for upgrades and repairs to Rye Pier, Port Welshpool Marginal Wharf, Portland Trawler Wharf pontoon and Tooradin Jetty.
Four projects under delivery are outlined below.
The groyne construction together with reconstruction of the pier head, and demolition of the old pier has been completed.
Indigenous artwork celebrating a sense of Wadawurrung Country will be a striking addition to this upgrade.
Learn more about the upgrade to Portarlington Pier.
Public consultation on design options for the future pier closed in August 2020 with over 1,200 submissions received.
Feedback on the three concept designs saw more than 60 per cent choosing Option 3 with an angled pier head as the preferred design.
Detailed design is underway with statutory approvals and procurement to be undertaken before a completion date is confirmed.
A detailed design is expected to be released for viewing in mid-2022, with construction to commence late 2022 and finish in late 2023.
Learn more about the Altona Pier Redevelopment.
Widening of the pier will provide safer separation for pedestrians and vehicles and accommodate increasing visitation.
A 600-millimetre lift in pier height of the rebuilt section will cater for future sea level rise.
Construction is underway.
Learn more about improvements to Rye Pier.
Located on the westernmost point of Lady Bay, the Warrnambool Breakwater is popular with fishers, boaters and visitors.
We’ve supported the Warrnambool City Council to undertake storm damage repairs.
The council-managed works include urgent render and capping repairs, and handrail replacement.
The works will be completed in April 2022.
Building Work economic stimulus projects
Middle Brighton Pier
Parks Victoria managed repairs to concrete piles and crossheads and replaced some deck planks on the 1977 section of the pier.
The works have been completed and the pier has reopened to public.
Learn more about improvements to Middle Brighton Pier.
Queenscliff South Pier
Queenscliff South Pier and Lifeboat Complex, managed by Parks Victoria, is of historical significance for its associations with the lifeboat service, the sea pilot service, the famous bay ferries and paddle steamers dating back to the 1880s.
Today it is a significant maritime heritage asset and a popular place for sightseeing, fishing and commercial dive activities.
Repair and restoration of the lifeboat shed has been completed. The restoration of the pier and lifeboat shed was undertaken in partnership with Heritage Victoria.
Learn more about improvements to Queenscliff South Pier.
Port Welshpool Marginal Wharf
The wharf is used for loading and unloading by commercial operators including commercial fishers.
Learn more about improvements to Port Welshpool Marginal Wharf.
Portland Trawler Wharf Pontoon
Glenelg Shire Council managed the delivery of additional floating pontoons installed as finger jetties and the existing walkway extension at the Trawler Wharf.
The works have increased the number of berths for commercial fishers improving access for loading and unloading.
Learn more about improvements to the Portland Trawler Wharf Pontoon.
Parks Victoria has demolished the old timber jetty and rebuilt a new jetty. The lower landing has been replaced with an all-abilities access floating pontoon.
The new jetty makes it safer and more accessible for commercial operations and the public.
Learn more about improvements to Tooradin Jetty.
Better Recreational Facilities projects
|Facility||Project description||Amound funded||Management|
Seaford Pier is a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and general sightseeing.
Parks Victoria managed the pier upgrade enabling the pier to reopen to public access.
Frankston Pier is a popular spot for walking, fishing and swimming.
The pier was badly damaged in August 2019 during a major storm and a 20-metre section of the pier head broke away. Parks Victoria managed works to repair the pier.
|Kerferd Road Pier, Albert Park||
This much-loved Albert Park icon underwent works to reconstruct the middle of the pier and lower landing using timber piles and new timber deck and handrails.
Learn more about improvements to Kerferd Road Pier.
|$1.75 million||Parks Victoria|
|Gem Pier, Williamstown||
Gem Pier stands as one of the most highly utilised piers in Port Phillip. The lower landing continues to service commercial ferries in operation between Williamstown, the city and St Kilda.
Works managed by Parks Victoria carried out in 2020 included repair and replacement of piles beneath the pier.
Learn more about improvements to Gem Pier.
|Rye Pier Low-Landing||
The upgrade delivered an all-abilities access ramp to allow everyone to enjoy the water.
The upgrade also provided casual berths for recreational fishing and diving and improved berthing for larger commercial fishing charter operators through a longer, new low landing.
The low-landing was completely rebuilt with new supporting piles and berthing fenders and new corrosion resistance fibre-reinforced mesh for the decking.
Learn more about improvements to the Rye Pier low-landing.
|Tankerton Low-Landing repairs||Port Phillip||TBC||Parks Victoria|
|Lakes Entrance Eastern Wharf upgrade||Gippsland||$557,494||Gippsland Ports|
|Paynesville Boatyard Wastewater Treatment Facility||Gippsland||$153,634||Gippsland Ports|
|Barwon Heads Main Jetty rebuild||Barwon||$182,461||Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc|
|Warrnambool Breakwater pavement and handrail upgrade||Great South Coast||$103,000||Warrnambool City Council|
|Marlo Jetty piling repairs and public lighting||Gippsland||$119,814||Gippsland Ports|
|Apollo Bay Harbour dredging, breakwater renewal design and repair, and slipway winch repairs||Barwon||$1.353 million||Colac Otway Shire|
|Port Welshpool Long Jetty maintenance||Gippsland||$56,390||Gippsland Ports|
|Apollo Bay dredge pipeline replacement||Barwon||$80,000||Colac Otway Shire|
Managing local ports
|Local port||Port manager||Contact number|
|Portland Bay||Glenelg Shire Council||(03) 5522 2140|
|Port Fairy||Moyne Shire Council||(03) 5568 1108|
|Warrnambool||Warrnambool City Council||(03) 5559 4800|
|Apollo Bay||Colac-Otway Shire Council||(03) 5232 9400|
|Lorne||Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority||1300 736 533|
|Barwon Heads||Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc||(03) 5254 1118|
|Parks Victoria||13 19 63|
|Gippsland Ports Committee of Management Inc||(03) 5150 0500|
There are around 150 local port wharves, piers and jetties across the state. Many other structures along the coast are not local port assets.