The Bellarine is the latest beneficiary of Heritage Victoria’s Living Heritage Program, receiving $500,000 of government funding for the repair of the historic Queenscliff Pier, Jetty and Lifeboat Shed.

The Queenscliff Pier and Lifeboat Complex is of historical significance for its associations with the lifeboat service, the sea pilot service, the famous bay ferries and paddle steamers. This $500,000 investment will improve recreational and commercial access to the precinct.

The State Government’s injection of funding means this significant site will be protected and ensure that its historical, cultural and architectural values will be preserved for future generations.

The funding reaffirms the current government’s commitment to heritage and conservation management for sites of local and state-wide importance.

Parks Victoria, as land managers for the site, will be the agency responsible for undertaking these heritage works on the peninsula and will be conducted in two stages.

Stage One of works will involve undertaking urgent repair works to the deteriorated piles at the sheds. Stage Two of works will involve restoring the two boatsheds. Currently, both the sheds and piles that support them are in poor condition.

The precinct is maintained as a prominent landmark on the peninsula and serves as an important reminder of the area’s vibrant maritime history. Major restoration works are required to ensure protection of these significant maritime heritage assets and community access in to the future.

Once restored, the sheds will have the capacity to provide opportunities for community use and consideration of appropriate commercial use.

Quotes attributable to Lisa Neville

“Many locals have raised with me the importance of the shed, so I am very pleased to have ensured this funding has been made available.

It will ensure this historic and much loved asset will be now enjoyed and used by locals and tourists alike for years to come. 

The shed really is one of those historic landmarks that contribute to the character of Queenscliff and there was no way know that I, nor the local community, were going to let it just deteriorate further”.