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New Altona Pier Designs Expected To Be Finalised Mid-2022

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New schematic designs for the Altona Pier have been released with details expected to be finalised mid-2022 and construction due to be completed by late 2023

The Andrews Labor Government is transforming one of the most popular piers in Melbourne’s west, with new designs of the redeveloped Altona Pier ready for display.

The new Altona pier is being funded through the Government’s $24 million Piers and Jetties Stimulus Package, the project will revitalise the pier precinct, improve facilities and support the local economy

Parks Victoria engaged with the community and key stakeholders in July and August 2020 to gain feedback to help inform a future design and support decisions about the pier. The final detailed design will be completed mid-2022 

More than 1,200 people provided feedback on three concept designs with more than 60 per cent choosing the 3rd option with an angled pier head as the preferred design.  

The pier is located between Werribee South and Port Melbourne, drawing large numbers of people from across Melbourne.

The new design comprises of a modern Y-shaped head that will provide a large functional common space and greater access for people fishing and walking at Altona Beach.

The current pier is showing signs of structural failure further promoting the redevelopment. Recent dive inspections found that the outer section of Altona Pier, including the pier head were not safe.

Williamstown MP and and Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne released the new schematic designs for the Altona Pier, which have been informed by strong community interest.

“These improvements, will be integral in creating one of Melbourne west’s most vibrant and highly desirable public spaces.” said Horne

“We know Altona Pier is highly popular with anglers, which is why we are investing in this upgrade to ensure it can continue to be a drawcard for visitors from across Melbourne.” she said

Member for Altona Jill Hennessy said I’m excited to see this project progressing and look forward to seeing our community’s aspirations for the pier at the heart of the designs.

“The new Altona Pier design will improve the experience for anglers and pedestrians while also making it safer for all users.” said Hennessy.

The pier’s rehabilitation is to ensure its improved recreation space will remain an accessible and safe place for locals and visitors upon completion.

Work is also underway for several piers around Port Phillip Bay in Rye, Portarlington and St Kilda, where the piers are being upgraded or rebuilt so that locals and visitors can enjoy it for years to come.

View The Parks Victoria Altona Pier Redevelopment Website

About Altona Pier

It is a long, straight pier with wooden planks starting at just a few meters, rising a little higher than the sand of Altona Beach for the first 50 meters before reaching the high tide seaweed line.

On the eastern side of the pier, there is a rusting iron fence and along the western side there is a 10cm high block of wood to stop it’s visitors slipping into the water.

At the end of the pier, views west towards Avalon Airport and back towards Williamstown to the east. The Dandenong Ranges loom in the distance however at over 400 metres, the Altona pier doesn’t extend far enough to see Melbourne.

Altona Pier History

Altona Pier was originally built for steam ferries in 1888, with extensive renovations carried out in the 1980s. As the current structure approaches the end of its functional life, replacement is the most viable option to best meet the community’s current and future needs and ensure long-term sustainability.

Project Timeline

Funding announced:  July 2020 completed

Design options community consultation:  July – August 2020 completed

Schematic designs released: May 2022 completed

Detailed design commences: October 2021

Detailed design released: Mid 2022

Construction commences: Late 2022  

Construction completed:  Late 2023  

Altona Foreshore Redevelopment Project

The new pier complements the Altona Foreshore Redevelopment project, which includes upgrades to the main beach entry and new amenities enhancing the area’s iconic foreshore.

The plans are expected to deliver a more enjoyable experience for all users, while increasing tourism in the area.

Altona Pier Schematic Design Images

#1 Altona Pier Flyover

New Altona Pier fly over image
Flyover Image

#2 View towards Altona Foreshore

New Altona Pier View towards foreshore
View towards Altona foreshore

#3 Lower Landing Pier Head

New Altona Pier Head Lower Landing
Pier Head – Lower Landing

During the community consultation on the concept design for the new Altona pier, the community requested to recover materials from the existing structure for use in public art, sculpture and furnishing of the new pier.

The design team plans to continue to engage the public and finalise the drafts mid 2022 with the new pier expected to be welcoming visitors by late 2023.

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