Major works start on $53m St Kilda Pier project

By on May 24, 2022 0

Major work has begun on the Victorian Government’s $53 million St Kilda Pier redevelopment project, one of Melbourne’s biggest pier improvements.

Victorian Ports and Freight Minister Melissa Horne said work on the barges and excavators will begin soon, including the installation of the first of more than 220 steel piles.

“St Kilda Pier is one of Melbourne’s most recognizable landmarks and this project will transform the bay’s much-loved icon, providing an even better experience for the hundreds of thousands of Victorians and tourists who visit each year.

“This is one of the largest projects of its kind in Melbourne’s history, and demonstrates our dedication to planning, investing and delivering these important community projects,” said Ms Horne.

The new jetty will also feature more than 400 m2 of Australian wood decking from a First Nations certified company. The new terrace will extend to Catani Gardens, providing a welcoming entrance.

Victorian MP for Albert Park, Martin Fole, said: “We are continuing to deliver this major work at St Kilda Pier and it will be exciting to see this project begin to take shape in the weeks and months to come.

The first stage of the project will also include the construction of the new penguin viewing boardwalk.

When completed, this will better protect St Kilda’s famous penguin colony and include a new viewing platform to watch the animals return to their burrows each evening after a day of open water fishing.

“This project will ensure that St Kilda retains its vibrant seaside character and will provide better accessibility for locals and visitors and better protection for its cutest visitors – the resident colony of Little Penguin,” said Mr Foley. .

Thorough planning was essential to ensure the protection of the area’s sensitive marine habitat. Parks Victoria and Earthcare St Kilda will undertake regular monitoring throughout construction to ensure the safety of the Little Penguin colony.

The new pier will feature a curved design with a wider and more accessible walkway, tiered seating, additional restrooms and a new community space near the gazebo.

The redevelopment will also include a low landing stage built near the foreshore, providing easier access to ferries and tour operator vessels for passengers.

The existing pier will remain open during construction as much as possible until the project is completed in 2024. To minimize disruption to commerce and weekend events, work will be primarily limited to weekdays.

The Labor Government is also investing in other popular piers and jetties around Victoria, with the 2022/23 Victorian Budget providing $18 million in funding for works at Hampton, Rye, Flinders, McLoughlins Beach, Raymond Island, Lakes Entrance , Williamstown and Mornington. .