New pier connects with history

by Mateus Sims

The Maribyrnong Board and the West Gate Tunnel Project have completed the $12 million upgrade works for Footscray Wharf.

The project included a new 230-meter wooden boardwalk as a centerpiece, as well as a fixed lower landing and floating pontoon to provide access to the water.

The works also involved the construction of a new wider pedestrian promenade connecting to the Maribyrnong River Trail, living spaces, picnic areas and sheltered grills, more palm tree plantations and new lighting.

Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the works also incorporated the historic railway branch, which was installed parallel to the river and tracks in 1917, into the landscape.

“While it’s all about looking to the future, it’s also wonderful to help with a new chapter for an important part of the past,” she said.

Footscray MP Katie Hall said the pier served the factories along the riverbank and was also used to unload general cargo until the 1960s and 1970s, as well as housing small shipbuilders and pleasure craft until the early 1970s. 1980.

“Footscray Wharf has been an important district in western Melbourne for many years and it is wonderful to see it start a new era,” she said.

“Residents and visitors can now make the most of the area, whether it’s for sightseeing, a picnic, or making the most of the better access to the Maribyrnong River.”

Maribyrnong Mayor Anthony Tran said the council has been working to activate the waterfront since 2014.

“Footscray Wharf and surrounding areas played a key role in the development of the colony of Port Phillip, Melbourne and the city of Maribyrnong. “

“It is exciting to see this heritage icon, which was a significant factor in the industrial development of the west, now repurposed for the continued benefit and enjoyment of the wider community.”

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