An aerial view of the new St Kilda pier – construction on the $53m project is now underway. Credit: Parks Victoria.
The new St Kilda Pier in Victoria is powering ahead with significant progress made during the first six months of construction.
The Victorian Government’s $53 million investment will include a new curved pier with a wider and more accessible walkway, tiered seating, better access to the bay, views of the city skyline and an additional 140 metre protected habitat for local penguins.
Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne says the new pier will be better than ever once completed.
“St Kilda is an important drawcard for tourists and visitors to this vibrant area and we’re safeguarding its future by getting on with this important redevelopment,” says Minister Horne.
More than 130 solid steel piles have been installed and concrete crossheads have been installed, forming a sturdy base for the new pier.
Removal of the old timber pier deck to the south of the kiosk was also completed over winter with the timber salvaged for reuse to build the seating on the new pier.
Dozens more steel piles will be installed in the coming months over spring and summer as well as the relocation of the foreshore rock groyne wall.
Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor says, “The redevelopment of St Kilda Pier will deliver not only a better and more accessible pier for visitors but also a safer and better-protected habitat for the little penguins that call it home.”
“Significant progress has been made over winter and while work will need to progress as we head into summer the existing pier will remain open for the public to enjoy.”
St Kilda Pier’s breakwater is home to a colony of little penguins. Construction will include a new penguin viewing area that separates visitors.
Parks Victoria, EarthCare St Kilda and a team of other experts have been undertaking regular monitoring throughout construction to ensure the safety of penguins and other local marine life.