2015 APRIL – GREAT NEWS!
Yesterday Hon Lisa Neville announced the 2015-16 Victorian Budget
WILL include $13.5 million to build our safe harbour in Portarlington.
The new 175-metre pier will boost our mussel farming industry… through increased access and increased vehicle load limits
Works are progressing and all being well and stage 1 is on track to be completed by June 2015
At the announcement: John Rae, Chair of the Portarlington Safe Harbour project and President of the Portarlington Business Development Association, Hon Lisa Neville and Cr Lindsay Ellis, City of Greater Geelong
2014 APRIL – Opposition leader Daniel Andrews promises $15m for the Portarlington Safe Harbour if his party wins the election.
Pictured from left: MP Lisa Neville, Geoff Henderson (Portarlington Ferry and Safe Harbour Group), Opposition leader Daniel Andrews and John Rea (Portarlington Ferry and Safe Harbour Group). Photo: GLENN FERGUSON Source: News Limited
A COMMUTER ferry service to Melbourne is on the cards thanks to a $15 million Labor commitment to the long-awaited Portarlington Safe Harbour project.
The Geelong Advertiser can reveal that, if the Opposition wins government in November, it will fund the first stage of the $58 million G21 priority project.
Stage 1 will deliver a new pier, ferry berth, berths to grow the aquaculture industry, refuelling services and the extension of the breakwater.
But while Labor leader Daniel Andrews has committed to having the project started with his first budget, he would not be drawn on when Stage 1 would be finished.
Mr Andrews said there was “healthy interest” from the private sector to complete the remaining works on the 2010 masterplan and run the ferry to Station Pier.
He said the ferry could deliver workers to connecting tram services in 48 minutes.
The works will deliver 100 jobs during the build.
“This is good for jobs, good for tourism, good for Portarlington, good for the Bellarine,” Mr Andrews said.
“(A ferry is) feasible, it’s viable, it can be done, but it will never happen unless we get a government that’s willing to back the Bellarine Peninsula and provide the $15 million for the first stage.”
About 12 mussel boats use the pier, which is at maximum capacity. The new pier will allow an oyster and abalone industry to grow and the blue mussels industry to expand.
“We need to make sure we’ve got the proper infrastructure so jobs can grow over time,” Mr Andrews said.
Bellarine MP Lisa Neville said the project had the green light from all government agencies and was critical to the region’s future.
“This really should be the centre of the seafood industry of Victoria,” Ms Neville said.
G21 chief executive Elaine Carbines said the organisation was thrilled the “dilapidated” pier would be redeveloped.
“This will make the harbour safer and recognise the aquaculture industry, which is already very significant,” Ms Carbines said.
She said a ferry service would be used by many residents on the Bellarine.
Portarlington Safe Harbour and Ferry Group treasurer Geoff Henderson said the group had been working on making the plan a reality for more than five years.
Mr Henderson said 400 community members put the ferry as the No. 1 project for the town, followed by the harbour.
“By road it takes two hours, so the ferry would cut that in half,” secretary John Rae said.
“There are no roads to build, not rails to buckle, the only cost are the ferries, but it would have to be part of the public transport network.”
For more information on this local endeavour please see:
- In early 2011 the Bellarine Ferry Group joined with the Portarlington Safe Harbour Group to ensure the Victorian state government continues work on the Portarlington Safe Harbour which will provide safe all weather berths for the Bellarine to Melbourne ferry. MORE: http://www.bellarineferry.com/
- In October 2007, Parks Victoria, on behalf of a Steering Committee, appointed a design and planning consortium led by Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Pty Ltd to undertake selected technical studies and prepare a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Portarlington Safe Harbour. MORE: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/
Portarlington Safe Harbour will provide a much needed enhancement of the existing marine infrastructure at Portarlington, which currently comprises the pier, breakwater and berths. MORE: http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/council/