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MEDIA RELEASE - New Town Jetty gets one step closer

25 February 2021

The new Town Jetty is one step closer to construction, with preparation works underway as part of the multi-million redevelopment of the Local Port of Portland Bay.

Geotechnical engineers were onsite this week to collate important data as part of the pre-construction works for the highly anticipated new Town Jetty project.

The $1.5 million project, funded by the State Government’s Building Works program, will see the former popular Town Jetty reinstated with a 175-metre-long floating pontoon. The new pontoon will provide all abilities access, designated recreational fishing pontoons, seating and an expansive width of 4 metres for promenading and general leisure.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the preparation works were well-timed, with the release of the final construction plans for community viewing.

“This week marks another significant milestone towards the completion of a contemporary, expansive and accessible new Town Jetty for Portland,” she said.

“However, the Town Jetty is just one component of the Local Port redevelopment, with a further $2.6 million of State Government funding secured to extend the Trawler Wharf and the Portland Bay Marina.

“The Trawler Wharf extension will provide an approximately 14 additional berths, providing security and future growth for the billion-dollar Australian Southern Rock Lobster Fishing Industry that operates out of Portland.

“Additionally, the Portland Bay Marina will also provide additional berths to bolster Portland’s booming recreational fishing and boating industry.

“The $1.3 million project will see the Marina extended to accommodate for an extra 34 berths. These berths are incredibly popular and there are often delays with both short and long terms booking requests, however the Portland community and beyond will soon no longer face any shortages of available berths.

“The final concept plans for all three of these exciting projects are now available to view via the YourSay Glenelg website. I encourage the community to head online and see what is proposed for our new-look Local Port.”

Construction for the Local Port of Portland Bay redevelopment is set to start at the end of March 2021, with an expected completion date of mid-late 2021.

For more information, or to view the latest construction designs, please visit the Local Port Marine Master Plan Works page of the Your Say Glenelg website.

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