Victorians pay the price for Labor’s neglect of Station Pier

Sunday 7 April 2024

Victorians pay the price for Labor’s neglect of Station Pier

Victoria’s economy continues to suffer under the Allan Labor Government as new reports
confirm what the Victorian Liberal Nationals have previously highlighted about the dire state
of the gateway to Victoria by sea, Station Pier.

Following a decade of neglect under the Labor Government, Station Pier in Port Melbourne
has been described as “third world” by the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network and is in
desperate need of an upgrade.

Furthermore, the government’s decision to increase Ports Victoria fees has seen a number of
cruise lines completely remove Melbourne from future itineraries, instead heading to
competing cities, such as Sydney with its world-class passenger terminal.

Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight, Roma Britnell, said: “The Allan Labor Government’s
neglect of heritage-listed Station Pier speaks volumes about their lack of regard for
maintaining important infrastructure.

“Not only is Station Pier a significant piece of Victoria’s maritime and immigrant history, it’s
the gateway to Melbourne by sea, which currently looks like Labor couldn’t care less about
it.

“Station Pier is in a derelict state from lack of government investment, interest or vision.
Along with tourism bodies and councils, I’ve made many representations to government
about the disrepair which have been ignored.

“The Allan Labor Government has already forced major cruise ship companies using Station
Pier to redeploy interstate due increased port fees. Now they are letting it fall apart from
neglect.”

Roma Britnell MP
Member for South West Coast
Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight
Shadow Minister for Child Protection
Shadow Minister for Boating and Fishing

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