January 23, 2015

MORE LOCAL JOBS AS PORTARLINGTON PIER RENEWAL BEGINS

Minister for the Environment and Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, today announced that construction work will commence on the $15 million redevelopment of Portarlington Pier.

Works on stage 1 of the $15 million Portarlington Safe Harbour development are expected to start in the first week of February, with completion of the new pier by mid-2015.

Parks Victoria has appointed PW Johnson Construction Pty Ltd to build the new pier section and, in a boost for local jobs, Moolap’s Coen Precast has secured the concreting work on the pier.

The project will support local jobs during construction, with more to be created as the full master plan is realised.

Portarlington is the home of Port Phillip Bay’s thriving aquaculture industry. The new, 175-metre pier will boost the mussel farming industry, allowing for increased access and vehicle load limits.

The commencement of renewal works fulfils an Andrews Labor Government election promise and sets a strong foundation for the additional $12 million in works on the development.

Pedestrian and aquaculture industry access to the pier will be maintained throughout the project. Short term closures will protect visitor and contractor safety when equipment is being moved around the construction area.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for the Environment and the Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville:

“I have worked with the community for over six years to get this project off the ground.”

“The project stalled under the Liberals, but I’m so proud that work is commencing in the first 100 days of the Andrews Labor Government – as promised.”

“The project will support local jobs during construction and it will anchor the Bay’s thriving aquaculture industry to the Bellarine Peninsula.”