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Development Victoria will commence planning for extensive stakeholder and community consultation on the redevelopment of Central Pier, following the Victoria Government’s allocation of $3 million announced in the State Budget.

Development Victoria welcomes the funding which will help progress planning and design work as part of a business case to develop future plans for the pier in Docklands, which was permanently closed in January 2020 due to safety issues.

“The redevelopment of Central Pier is a long-term project and we are looking forward to consulting with the community and other stakeholders to kick-start the planning phase,” Geoff Ward, Group Head, Precincts at Development Victoria said.

“This will include looking at all options to respectfully preserve the heritage of the Pier and surrounding docks while also taking a wider approach to revitalising the waterfront in Docklands, which is a key priority for Development Victoria.”

Development Victoria is awaiting final approval from Heritage Victoria to remove the western tip of the Central Pier, which was closed for access since 2017. Pending permit approval, Development Victoria plans to commence works to remove the western tip in late 2021.

“The consultation is an important next step in the redevelopment process, with a view to creating a vision for Victoria Harbour and Central Pier as part of Docklands’ continued development,” Mr Ward said.

“We will continue working with Heritage Victoria, the City of Melbourne and others, including the community on the long-term plans for the Pier.”