Mussel boost for Portarlington

The Minister for the Environment and Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville has announced construction works will commence soon on the planned $15 million redevelopment of the Portarlington pier and Safe Harbour project.

“The project will support local jobs during construction and it will anchor the bay’s thriving aquaculture industry to the Bellarine Peninsula,” Ms Neville said.

The initial $3 million renewal works is expected to start in the first week of February, with completion of the new pier by mid-2015. A steering group including the State Department, Bellarine Bayside and City of Greater Geelong are working with consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers to guide the next stage of the project.

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.

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.

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Picture courtesy Geelong Advertiser

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 Geelong Advertiser reports that $15 million has already been pledged to complete stage one of the Portarlington Safe Harbour master plan, with another $35 million still needed to implement stage two.

The master plan includes designs for up to 45 commercial berths, up to 100 recreational berths, refuelling facilities and the ability to accommodate a possible future ferry service to Melbourne.

More information > http://www.g21.com.au/portarlington-safe-harbour

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