Final works at Rye Pier have kicked off

Reeling in squid off Rye Pier is about to get even better as Parks Victoria have recommenced the final stage of the pier reconstruction following a break over the summer holidays.

Works on the Rye Pier were split into two stages. Stage one was completed in 2022 which saw the reconstruction of the Rye Pier approach. Stage two will see the outer pier rebuilt and upgraded including the following works:

  • The fenders on the western side of the pier will be made operational for berthing larger vessels.  
  • The new low landings will have fenders and whalers installed, enabling boats to use this extra berthing space when visiting the pier. 
  •  Installation of an interpretive signage trail on the pier to celebrate our connection with marine species living in the special Port Phillip location. The trail will bring to life the underwater world beneath the pier and help visitors understand the importance of protecting vulnerable marine species. 
  • Routine maintenance on the pier approach.

The current stage of works is expected to take 4 months although the timing of completion may be impacted by weather conditions.

Parks Victoria have advised that while the works are completed, public access to the pier is impacted. During the works, public access to the pier:

  • Be closed during the working week Monday – Friday, and opened for weekend use unless there are safety concerns or equipment present which prevents this.
  • Provided it’s safe to do so, the closure gates will be opened for people to access the pier between Fridays 5.30pm – 7.00am Mondays (approx.). 
  • If the pier is open, public berthing will be available on weekends at the inner low landing, more berthing capacity will be available on the new low landings after the final works are finished. 

In 2022, the Rye Pier approach was completely reconstructed. These works were funded by the Victorian Government under the $24 million Piers and Jetties economic stimulus package to make it safe, more durable and improve accessibility.

This year, the outer pier has been rebuilt and upgraded as part of an $18 million package for piers and jetties across Victoria from the Victorian Budget 2022-23.

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