Queenscliff’s Fishermans Wharf has been transformed into a safe and enjoyable recreation space that pays homage to the region’s rich maritime history, thanks to an investment from the Victorian Government.
The seaside town’s waterfront first became popular during the gold rush in the 1860s as a fishing epicentre and now modern technology is bringing that history back to life, with a Discovery Trail that links the newly created ’Cayzer Shed’ to the Observation tower through interactive video displays and installatons.
Construction on the $2.94 million dollar project, delivered by Queenscliff Harbour, began in 2018 and has been designed to minimise impact on the surrounding environment.
The eco-friendly focus extends to the materials used to realise the project, including sand sourced from dredging works used as land in-fill as well as reclaimed timber from the old wharf used in landscaping around the new site.
The final project has recieved the tick of approval from locals, who have also been involved in the construction. Work on the project generated a number of jobs, with positions mainly been filled by local tradespeople skilled in using traditional shipbuilding tools and techniques.
The flow-on benefit to community is also signficant and will service a wide range of industries including tourism, with visitors able to enjoy the new precinct once restrictions lift. It will also enable commercial and recreational fishing and boating, and boat repair.
The project has incorporated a complete rebuild of the dilapidated Queenscliff Fisherman’s Wharf, demolition of three derelict fishing sheds, an upgrade to the Queenscliff Dinghy Basin, development of a new shore-based tourism attraction and an upgrade to carparking, road interface and general landscaping.
It will also be enhanced by upgrades to the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal – a priority project under the $370 million Geelong City Deal jointly funded by the Australian Government, Victorian Government and City of Greater Geelong.
The City Deal will see improvements to the Terminal facilities as well as improved carparking and safer access, developing Queenscliff as a major tourism gateway to Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.