The Victorian Government is supporting local jobs and the economy by improving facilities in Port Welshpool with the rebuild of the loading and unloading section of Marginal Wharf to improve safety for all users.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said the rebuild works to improve the Port Welshpool Marginal Wharf deck are now underway to make the loading dock safer at this commercial fishing and tour operator location.

Works to improve the condition of the wharf include replacing a section of deck beams and planks as well as piles that support the wharf.

On-site work is underway to replace a section of the wharf which has deteriorated with age, exposure to a marine environment and usage.

The loading and unloading section of the wharf will be closed during the works. Alternative arrangements have been made with the commercial fisherman impacted by the works. The work is scheduled to be complete by September 2021.

The pier rebuild will be delivered under a $3.2 million Pier and Jetty Maintenance package that has already seen the construction of a brand new all-abilities jetty at Tooradin and will also include improvements at Portland and Rye, funded under the $2.7 billion economic stimulus Building Works initiative.

Other works funded under the initiative include a $9.6 million upgrade at Portarlington Pier, and repairs to Middle Brighton Pier and the Queenscliff South Pier lifeboat shed.

More information on these projects can be found at transport.vic.gov.au/our-transport-future/ourprojects/upgrading-piers-and-jetties

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“Port Welshpool is at the heart of South Gippsland’s foreshore. This critical rebuild will improve the marginal wharf and support the commercial fishing industry and tour operators in the region.”

“We are committed to investing in regional communities while we continue to work to address the longer-term impacts of Coronavirus on our state.”