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Fishermans Wharf Update – Dec ’16


Fishermans Wharf Rejuvenation Project – December 2016 Update

Queenscliff Harbour Pty Ltd has listened to the community’s feedback and modified the scope of works proposed for the Fisherman’s Wharf Rejuvenation Project.

The revised Fisherman’s Wharf Rejuvenation Project will:

  • Respect the heritage values of the area
  • Protect the environment
  • Have an educational element to the tourism features element
  • Ensure public access to the wharf
  • Celebrate existing features from the local environs
  • Enhance the amenity of local residential areas

The wharf wall and adjoining Cayzer Slipway will be repaired in 2017.  These facilities are currently in a derelict and unsafe condition, and they are in urgent need of refurbishment.

The wharf wall will be reconstructed so it can again be safely accessed by the community for fishing and recreation activities.  The open areas north of Harbour Street will be landscaped as a passive open space location, comprising grassed areas, shade trees, walking trails and outdoor seating.  It will be an attractive location for activities such as fishing or picnics, and it will be connected to Queenscliff’s bicycle and walking trails.

The Cayzer Slipway will be sensitively refurbished so it retains its historic character while providing public access for launching of small craft, such as sea kayaks and canoes.

The proposal for a stingray research and education facility at the Fishermans Wharf will not proceed. As the community consultation determined that such a facility would not be the right fit for the community and they, have rejected it.

Queenscliff Harbour is considering a number of other ideas to attract more visitors to the harbour area. These ideas will respect the principles identified in the community consultation process earlier his year.  For example, we are currently exploring options for creating a series of high-quality interpretive installations in the wharf and harbour areas which celebrate the area’s maritime history and natural ecology.

We would like to thank the Queenscliff community for being patience over the past six months.   It has taken longer than expected to resolve a revised scope of works for the project, and we felt that it was very important to provide this update.

The final scope of work to be undertaken as part of the Fisherman’s Wharf Rejuvenation Project remains subject to agreement between the Queenscliff Harbour, the Victorian Government and the Borough of Queenscliff. Negotiations on the scope of work and associated funding arrangements are ongoing.

We expect to have detailed draft concept plans to present to the community for discussion in early 2017.  We hope to have the official approvals for the project in place to enable refurbishment works to start from July 2017 onwards.

If you would like to discuss the project further, please do not hesitate to call 5258 5459, or send an email to