Council has endorsed the Flinders Foreshore Conservation Management Plan that defines the historical importance of the Flinders Pier, buildings, infrastructure and natural environment. The report notes that the Flinders Pier at 327m is the longest remaining all-timber pier on Western Port Bay, and one of the longest remaining in Victoria.
The updated conservation plan was funded by Parks Victoria, and is a necessary step before commencing works to now restore the Pier.
Victoria’s Heritage Permit Application process additionally requires a separate Heritage Impact Assessment of repair options. This looks at the proposed works, and any potential impact on the pier’s archaeological and ecological values.
While the Heritage Assessment and permit application processes are underway, construction planning and a quantity survey to estimate the costs will proceed at the same time; along with the documentation required for a tender. The works are expected to occur during 2024.
In the meantime, signage has been installed warning that the first 180m of the pier could be at risk of failure, with a section beneath the pier closed in the interests of public safety. The distinct slumping of Pile 22B, visible from the beach, is believed to have sunk about as far as it will go.
Other changes that have occurred since you were last here, include the recent restoration of the Pier Shed (and the smaller winch shed), with new timbers, water-proofing and a coat of paint, thanks to the advocacy of the Flinders Community Association and Flinders Icebergers.