Expression of Interest released for Princes Pier
The Victorian Coalition Government has released an Expression of Interest (EOI) to identify opportunities for the use of Princes Pier, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said today.
“It is pleasing to see this project finally get to the EOI stage to progress uses for the pier, particularly after the money wasting and time blowouts that occurred under the former Victorian Labor government’s mismanagement of the project,” Mr Hodgett said.
“It is anticipated that this may include options such as leasing the gatehouse building and potentially leasing or licensing other areas of the pier such as the raised wooden decks to the north and south of the gatehouse.
“Any proposed activity will need to accommodate continuing public access, regular annual events and the berthing of tall ships and other boats at the pier, as well as being compatible with the nearby residential amenity.
“Princes Pier has the potential to be activated and brought to life. It is hoped that any opportunities undertaken at the Pier will contribute to the broader revitalisation of the Port Melbourne waterfront, creating an exciting high quality, new space for the public to enjoy.
“We want to improve the year round look, feel and function of the pier and encourage Melburnians, local residents, and visitors to come to Port Melbourne and enjoy the pier.
“While it is clear that areas such as the gatehouse have commercial potential we also want the Port Melbourne community to be involved and share their ideas for the 100 year old pier’s future.”
Mr Hodgett said the objectives of the EOI were to:celebrate and contribute to the pier’s rich heritage and the unique character of the Port Melbourne waterfront;
provide a safe, family environment, complementing the surrounding environment;
fit within the local setting and planning controls; and
encourage innovation and sustainability.
“This EOI begins the process of turning the pier into a vibrant, active and useful public space. I encourage all interested parties to read the documentation and make a submission,” Mr Hodgett said.
Expressions of Interest close on 24 October 2013. Documentation is available through the Victorian Tenders website at www.tenders.vic.gov.au