Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water and Labor Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, has announced the 2015-16 Victorian Budget will include $13.5 million to build a safe harbour at Portarlington.
The initiative fulfils a promise made by the Andrews Labor Government prior to the election to enhance the existing marine infrastructure at Portarlington.
Stage 1 of the $15 million Portarlington Safe Harbour Development commenced in February and is expected to be completed in June.
The project will support local jobs during construction, and enable a high quality precinct for boating and recreation to be developed, improving the amenity of the waterfront.
Portarlington is the home of Port Phillip Bay’s thriving aquaculture industry. The new 175-metre pier will boost the mussel farming industry, allowing for increased access and vehicle load limits.
Pedestrian and aquaculture industry access to the pier will be maintained throughout the project. Short term closures will protect visitor and contractor safety when equipment is being moved around the construction area.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment & Climate Change and Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville
“I’ve worked with the community for over six years on this project, and it’s because of their hard work that it has now been secured.”
“While the Liberals shelved the project, Labor will deliver it in its first budget.”
“This project will create local jobs, support Portarlington’s aquaculture industry to grow and allow better, safer access to the coast and bay.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020