Lisa Neville, Member for Bellarine, today announced that the Queenscliff community, boaters, commercial ferries and tourists can now look forward to a safer and robust Queenscliff Pier, with repairs works on the iconic pier beginning this week ensuring the protection of this valuable heritage site.
These works will ensure the preservation of the much-loved Queenscliff Pier, with the repairs to the piles adding a further 30 to 40 years of service life in the harsh coastal environment.
The $500,000 upgrade for this project, funded through the Living Heritage Grants Program via the Andrews Labor Government will be completed by Elstone Diving Services, as the successful tenderer.
Additional work will repair external aspects of the waiting shed such as the cladding, timber accents and finials, retaining the heritage elements of the structure. Roof works will be included where necessary to ensure the building is protected as originally designed, from the coastal elements.
The upgrade works are to also include:
- Repairs to piles, and pier substructures beneath the Lifeboat Shed and Waiting Shed.
- Protective wrapping of all piles to extend their working life.
- Protective capping to tops of exposed piles along the sides of the Waiting Shed.
- Repairs and painting of all external walls of the Waiting Shed.
The Queenscliff Pier is an iconic, heritage listed timber pier that once serviced the steam boat industry of the late 1800s in the port of Queenscliff.
Listed on the heritage register in 1982 for its architectural and historical value, the site is beloved by locals, and often referenced in photographs of ‘Queenscliff’.
Repairs will be carried out by divers beneath the pier, supported with an on-site barge that will house the piles and machinery for ease of access. This will ensure the pier boardwalk will not be damaged and that public access outside of work hours can be maintained.
Works are expected to be complete by November, in time for summer. For further information, visit Parks Victoria’s website, www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects.
Quotes attributable to Hon. Lisa Neville MP, State Member for Bellarine
“This project will secure the long-term future of the iconic Queenscliff Pier so the community, boaters, commercial ferries and tourists can continue to use it for years to come.”
“This is such an iconic landmark for Victoria, with the Pier featuring in many films over the years. It’s really exciting to give it new life through this project.”