Middle Brighton Pier open for summer

By on December 7, 2021 0


The wait is over for lovers of sunset walks, swimming and sailing with vital repairs to Middle Brighton Pier now complete and public access restored in time for summer.

A ten-month work program reinforced a 340-meter section of pier piles and ties and replaced deteriorating deck hatches between the foreshore and the entrance to the marina.

Funded by the Victorian government’s $ 24 million Piers and Jetties economic stimulus program, the repairs make the main section of the pier safe for anyone to use again, including pedestrians, swimmers, boaters and anglers.

Work has been done to reinforce piles and ties to extend the life of Middle Brighton Pier. Credit: Victoria Parks

Access to Middle Brighton Pier was restricted in May 2020 due to the risk of structural failure which posed public safety concerns. Repairs to the section that was originally built in 1977 are designed to extend the life of the pier by 10 to 15 years.

Part of the funded project includes a preliminary investigation of longer term options for the jetty and breakwater. A project reference group comprising Parks Victoria, Bayside City Council and the Department of Transportation has been established to provide advice on the project. Stakeholder feedback is and will continue to be solicited during the first stage of the survey before developing future stages of detailed planning and broader community consultation.

The low landing at Middle Brighton Pier, near the water

The low landing inside Middle Brighton Pier, popular with swimmers, boaters and anglers, is now open. Credit: Victoria Parks

Access beyond the entrance to the marina, including the breakwater and the jetty section built in 1938, remains closed. Access to the exterior low landing is restricted for safety reasons, however, the interior low landing is open. Victoria Parks will continue to monitor the condition of the closed sections to ensure public safety while the future of the enclosure is considered.

In anticipation of the peak shipping season, maintenance dredging works in the port to remove sand build-up have also been carried out.

We are delighted to be able to welcome everyone to this iconic pier just in time for the warmer summer months and to see locals and visitors once again enjoying the wonderful outdoor experiences that this waterfront facility has to offer. water has to offer.

Other improvements to a number of piers in Port Phillip include St Kilda Pier, Queenscliff South Pier, Altona Pier, Portarlington Pier, and Rye pier all of which are being repaired or rebuilt to make them better for the future.

Find out more about the renovation of Middle Brighton Pier here.