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Development Victoria is progressing plans to revitalise Central Pier in the heart of Docklands to ensure its safety and reliability for years to come.

Central Pier was permanently closed in early 2020 due to safety issues and has continued to deteriorate, presenting an ongoing safety risk.

The Western Tip of the pier has now been removed ahead of schedule after it was deemed dangerous and structurally unsound for several years.

To further protect locals and visitors to the area, Development Victoria will lodge a heritage permit application to remove the remaining unsafe pier structure.

Removal of the pier is a key step in revitalising the waterfront along Harbour Esplanade.

The permit application for the pier will be considered under the requirements of the Heritage Act 2017 due to its registration as a place of historical significance to Docklands, and the city of Melbourne.

Development Victoria continue to work closely with Heritage Victoria, the City of Melbourne, the community and other key stakeholders to identify opportunities for the revitalisation of Central Pier and adjacent waterfront areas to create one of Australia’s premier waterfront destinations.

This engagement will include a community consultation process in the coming months around the future redevelopment of Central Pier.

The Victorian Government allocated $3 million to progress the redevelopment of Central Pier including the concept designs and associated business case.

Updated on 26 May 2023