Saturday, July 13, 2024

Contractor named for Altona Pier build


A Victorian company has been appointed as the lead construction partner for Altona Pier after a competitive tender process, the State Government today announced.

Simpson Construction Co. will build the new pier, which was designed with community input and funded as part of the Victorian Government’s $24 million piers and jetties economic stimulus package.

“The community has been involved in this project from the outset and it’s great to see that vision reflected in the new pier,” said Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne.

“The Altona Pier redevelopment will provide a better and safer destination for anglers, swimmers, and people who simply want to take a stroll.”

Work is scheduled to begin after the summer period to minimise disruptions to local businesses, the Minister said.

Removing the existing pier is one of the first tasks. New steel piles and concrete crossheads will form the substructure with the new pier also featuring an accessible low landing and circular seating areas.

The new pier will be easily accessible from Altona’s foreshore and will include a 4.2-metre-wide deck constructed from timber.

A branching pier head will stretch 300 metres into Port Philip Bay, providing access to nearby artificial reefs for fishers and divers.

Minister Horne said the new design incorporates features that recognise the historic importance of the pier in Altona, including aligning the pier with Pier Street and reusing weathered timber from the existing pier in the new pier.

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