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The first step in the process of removing Central Pier from the water at Victoria Harbour has started with the appointment of specialist marine contractor, Fitzgerald Constructions Australia.

Fitzgerald Constructions has been awarded the contract to safely remove Central Pier, after a competitive public process conducted by Development Victoria.

Fitzgerald Constructions has mobilised on site and will now investigate and confirm its proposed removal processes for Central Pier.

A floating barge will be used as part of the investigation program, with Fitzgerald Constructions also accessing the pier in certain areas under strict safety guidelines.

Once the removal processes are confirmed, works to begin removing the buildings on the pier and then the pier itself are anticipated to start in the second half of 2023 and expected to take several years to complete.

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

Heritage Victoria has approved a permit for Development Victoria to remove the remaining unsafe pier structure 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.

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

Development Victoria will continue to engage 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 while respecting the rich cultural heritage of the Victoria Harbour.

Updated on 26 May 2023