Boats sail into a new-look Melbourne City Marina 

Boats sail into a new-look Melbourne City Marina 
David Schout

A $1.97 million upgrade of Melbourne City Marina on Victoria Harbour has finished including with new pontoons, security gates, and piles being installed in time for summer.  

The City of Melbourne carried out the improvements, which Lord Mayor Sally Capp said would allow “a greater variety of boats to use our fantastic facilities”. 

“As we enter the summer months we’re expecting a big increase in the number of bookings – bringing visitors right into the heart of Docklands and supporting local businesses,” she said.

“Originally built in 2006, the marina needed to be upgraded to be able to welcome all of Melbourne’s boating community and visitors to our city.”

The marina is rated as a level five gold anchor marina by the Gold Anchor International Scheme. 

The upgrade has kept the existing four berths with the design preparing for two additional berths in the future. The vessel size allowance has been increased, with two berths rated for 1350 tonne vessels and two berths rated for 600 tonne vessels.

Meanwhile, the upgrade of Australia Wharf is well under way, with stage two works starting in late November.

Stage one of the project saw the installation of 53 new timber piles along the water’s edge, including 10 piles to the west of the site near 915-941 Collins St to accommodate a future increase in capacity to berth vessels along Australia Wharf.

Stage two works, which is expected to take three weeks to complete, will involve installing new brackets to attach the piles to the wharf from the water. 

“Melbourne’s waterways are a treasured gem in our city and the upgrades to Australia Wharf will improve the accessibility of charter vessels services – allowing them to bring more people than ever into the city,” Cr Capp said.  •

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