Sorrento Pier Maintenance Project
As part of our ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program, we regularly assess the condition of maritime structures through technical inspections using professional engineers and divers. A recent inspection at Sorrento Pier identified areas of deterioration which requires sections of the pier to be closed while general maintenance works are undertaken.
Following a competitive tender process, the contract for maintenance works was awarded to Bridgewater Marine to carry out repairs to prolong the usable life of Sorrento Pier, which was first constructed in the 1870s.
- Visitors and community
These maintenance works address issues which threaten the pier’s structural integrity. Repairs will ensure this much-loved maritime asset remains safe and open for the community to enjoy.
Repairs will provide a more resilient and safer structure for local commercial operators to benefit from.
Project partner and funding
The works are funded by the Victorian Government as part of ongoing maritime asset maintenance and repairs.
The project consists of minor repairs to maintain the pier. During these works, one pile will be repaired, and a timber beam replaced on the pier head. On the lower landing works will deliver new steel ladders, new fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) safety mesh and new timber fenders with rubber cushioning.
- Tender awarded: Mid 2022
- Works commence: 17 October 2022
- Works completed: Early December 2022
This timeline will be updated as the project progresses. The project’s timeline is dependent on factors such as weather, labour and the availability of materials.
Parks Victoria is the local port manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell. The three local ports combined receive approximately 30 million visits a year, and include 263,000 hectares of waterway, marine protected areas, channels, piers and jetties, moorings and aids to navigation.
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Frequently asked questions
Why is Sorrento Pier partially closed for repair?
As part of our ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program we regularly assess the condition of maritime structures through technical inspections using professional engineers and divers. A recent engineering inspection at Sorrento Pier has identified areas of deterioration which requires sections of the pier to be closed while general maintenance works are undertaken. These works will prolong the life of the pier, which was first constructed in the 1880s.
What repairs are happening at Sorrento Pier?
The project consists of maintenance repairs to prolong the usable life of the pier. On the pier head, one pile will be repaired, and a timber beam replaced. On the lower landing, works will deliver new steel ladders, new fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) safety mesh and new timber fenders with rubber cushioning.
When will the repairs to Sorrento Pier be completed and the pier reopened?
The repairs will begin on 17 October 2022 and are expected to be completed by early December 2022.
Can I access the pier to fish or walk?
During works, visitors will have partial access to the pier and access to the pier head. As sections of works are completed and it is safe to do so, we are planning a staged reopening of the pier. Visitors are encouraged to follow on-site signage, avoid fenced areas and to visit the project page for updates.
Alternative fishing (and boating) activities can be enjoyed at nearby Mornington Pier, Frankston Pier, Dromana Pier and Rosebud Pier.
Can I still berth my boat or other vessel at the pier during the work?
Parks Victoria’s key priority in the delivery of these works is the safety of the public, staff and contractors.
During the works period the eastern low landing is open, providing limited berthing opportunities. The western low landing will be closed until 28 October 2022, and partially re-opened after this date. Parks Victoria is working with the contractor to provide berthing access for Licensed Tour Operators.
Can I swim or dive/snorkel around the pier?
Who is responsible for managing Sorrento Pier?
Parks Victoria is responsible for the management and maintenance of over 40 piers, jetties and related structures in Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell which attract about 33 million visitors per year combined. Parks Victoria carries out regular inspections on all its local port assets ensure they are safe and well maintained.