Monday, June 24, 2024

Govt reveals plan to reopen historic Workshops Pier

The Victorian Government’s plan to upgrade and reopen the historic Workshops Pier in Williamstown is another step closer, with tenders now open for repair works to strengthen the pier.

The Government has invested $46 million to rebuild piers and jetties across the state, including the repairs to the much-loved Workshop Pier.

It says Workshops Pier will undergo significant upgrades to strengthen its foundations and allow it to accommodate tall ships and commercial vessels again after being closed in 2021 for public safety.

“We’re making this Williamstown landmark safe and accessible, so residents and tourists can again enjoy this iconic part of our maritime history,” said Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne.

“Across Victoria, we are continuing the revitalisation of our important piers and jetties – ensuring they can be enjoyed by communities, boaters, anglers and tourists for generations to come.’’ 

The pier, which was built in 1942, is a local landmark in Williamstown’s historic maritime precinct and the reopening will support the vision of the recently released Williamstown Local Port Area Plan.

The project complements last year’s upgrade of nearby Gem Pier, also located in the Williamstown maritime precinct, where new fenders have been installed to provide safe berthing for commercial vessels and ferries, ensuring it remains an accessible destination for operators.

The lead construction partner for the Workshops Pier project is expected to be appointed this spring.

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