Neglected piers closed for safety reasons in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay

‘Andrews’ Labor government has stood idly by and left dozens of piers and piers to fall into disrepair and, even worse, it has no plan to rebuild and re-open these community assets,’ he said. declared.

Last year, Parks Victoria estimated that almost a third of its piers in Port Phillip and Western Port bays were approaching the ‘end of useful life’ within five years. According to the Safety and Environment Management Plan 2020-2021, 22% had less than 10 years of life.

Ben Scullin, chief executive of Victorian Recreational Fishing, said successive governments had failed to invest adequately in jetty infrastructure, meaning many were quickly becoming unusable.

“Are we going to have no more piers? It’s going to be a thing of the past, and what a shame to lose that,” he said.

Mr Scullin said the jetties bring social, environmental and economic benefits to communities and need to be rebuilt.

“And then there are the rest of the people who don’t fish but use the pier to walk around. I call it “aquatherapy”; this link with the marine environment. A lot more people do that than fish,” he said.

More than half of the historic Flinders Pier will be demolished.Credit:Jason South

“It’s not just about catching fish.”

The historic 250m Flinders Pier off the Mornington Peninsula is being demolished, with 70m remaining, after Parks Victoria discovered it was ‘at the end of its lifespan and needs to be removed in safely before it falls into the water and becomes a hazard to navigation or injures those below”.

The pier is home to the endangered weedy sea dragon. An underwater inspection of it in 2016 revealed that 10 of the 179 piles holding it up were in poor condition.

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The Victorian government said it had spent $80 million rebuilding and repairing jetties and jetties in Port Phillip and Western Port, with more than $104 million invested in Victorian ports over 10 years in addition to maintenance and repairs. inspections.

“Public safety is our top priority, and local port managers carry out regular inspections of all its wharves and piers to ensure they are safe for public use,” a spokeswoman said.

Upgrading work at Rye Pier is underway and has already been completed at Middle Brighton.

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