BUILDING A NEW ST KILDA PIER FOR LOCALS TO ENJOY
A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will completely rebuild the iconic St Kilda Pier, boosting tourism, delivering more green open space and preserving it for future generations to enjoy. The new design will deliver better public open space for locals, provide better swimming spots, preserve the historic Kiosk and ensure the pier is a fantastic place to visit.
Labor will invest $50.3 million to build a curved pier out into the bay with a penguin viewing area, tiered seating providing access to the water, new toilets, and sheltered areas.
The curved breakwater will provide a better protected swimming area, perfect for families with young kids who want to enjoy a day out at Melbourne’s city beach.
More than 800,000 people visit St Kilda Pier every year to enjoy the beautiful view, swim, go fishing and spend time with friends and family.
The current pier is almost 50 years old and is reaching the end of its design life. In peak season, the pier hosts more than 6,000 visitors a day and simply does not have the facilities to cope.
The pier is a much-loved symbol of St Kilda, and the design was selected after an extensive community consultation process.
The famous kiosk, first built in 1904, was destroyed in an arson attack in 2003. After the fire, Labor rebuilt the kiosk to the original plans and now Labor will make sure that the kiosk is the centrepiece of the new pier.
The design will also protect the St Kilda penguin colony, while providing locals and tourists alike a better place to watch the little penguins when they waddle to their rock homes after sunset. The Andrews Labor Government has already invested $250,000 to help protect and monitor the penguin colony.
Construction of the new pier will commence in 2020, following the necessary design and approvals processes.
Quote attributable to Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan
“St Kilda Pier is a Melbourne icon and only Labor will invest in making sure it remains available for future generations to enjoy.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley
“Our community has been fighting for an overhaul of the pier for a decade and only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will get this done.”
“We’ve already protected St Kilda’s little penguin colony, and now with a brand new pier, and better open space, our community will have an even better place to go and watch them.”