Columns
10 years on Image

10 years on

Melbourne Water moving to Docklands
Read more >>

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree
Read more >>

Chamber update Image

Chamber update

COVID-19 and Docklands businesses
Read more >>

Docklander Image

Docklander

A staunch Docklander
Read more >>

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Conflicting speeds
Read more >>

Chinese

墨尔本市长工作寄语
Read more >>

Owners' Corporation Management

Performance-based alternative solutions the key to cheaper cladding replacement costs
Read more >>

Fashion Image

Fashion

Top five street style trends
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Don’t let working from home compromise your health and wellbeing
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

Bring on the lasers
Read more >>

Business Image

Business

Something fishy from The Espressionist
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Social distancing in apartment blocks is hard to do, but necessary right now
Read more >>

Maritime

Tyranny of distance?
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Full of Beans!
Read more >>

SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

OC support in a time of COVID-19 - a tale of two cities …
Read more >>

Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
Read more >>

Sustainability

How fast is fast fashion?
Read more >>

The District

Eat your way through our most delicious hot spots
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Microorganism dismantles Airbnb - will it ever recover?
Read more >>

Abby's Angle  Image

Abby's Angle

The world is a battlefield. Fight, but without exception, choose kindness
Read more >>

Editions

Derelict Victoria Harbour wharves likely to go

29 May 2012

Derelict Victoria Harbour wharves likely to go Image

Places Victoria (PV) wants to demolish Harbour Esplanade’s derelict raised wharf areas.

The old wharves are not useful, as engineers have warned that they are safe only for pedestrians and can’t be used for events.

But with no budget to repair them or any current plans to upgrade Docklands’ premier boulevard, PV wants the wharves to go.

Places Victoria would prefer that gaps be left between the sound, lowered areas, such as the area around the Cow up a Tree sculpture.

It says the wharves are likely to go in their current form anyway in any final Harbour Esplanade redevelopment.

In any event, PV is going ahead with a program to activate the lower wharf areas, starting soon with a “glass house” installation which it is describing as an “indoor and outdoor backyard”.

Places Victoria’s Docklands manager Simon Wilson said: “Harbour Esplanade’s first temporary activation project is planned to start soon and will see the creation of a new indoor and outdoor backyard along Docklands’ waterfront for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy – further details about this new addition to Harbour Esplanade will follow shortly.”

“Places Victoria is currently working with the City of Melbourne and State Government agencies to develop a masterplan for further redevelopment of Harbour Esplanade.”

“The community will be asked their views as part of this process,” Mr Wilson said.

The Shoal Fly By sculpture on two of the wharf areas has already been demolished and the pieces handed back to the artist.

The sculptures had been fenced off to the public for more than a year, with the authorities claiming they needed repair and presented a public danger.

Shoal Fly By had a chequered history in Docklands, with only two parts of the three-piece sculpture ever being publicly erected.  The third piece of the sculpture never made it out of storage.

Places Victoria has only recently finished repairing parts of Central Pier under Shed 9 and the roadway between the sheds.

The western tip of Central Pier has similarly been labelled “zero weight bearing” and vehicles are banned from this area.

The area features in the City of Melbourne’s Docklands Public Realm Plan as a site for a “potential landmark”.

Share on Facebook

Stay in touch with Docklands. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Docklands News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.