Call for support for Inner Harbour jetty Committee of Management
18 April 2016
Kingston Council has encouraged Melbourne Water and Parks Victoria plus interested Patterson Lakes businesses and residents to join a Committee of Management to oversee a proposed public jetty at Inner Harbour.
The jetty, with funding earmarked by the Victorian Government, is located on waterways managed by the Victorian Government and connects to the privately owned Harbour Plaza Shopping Centre.
The $700,000 project could be delivered in stages, with the Victorian Government offering $120,000 towards the $150,000 Stage 1 works. The project would:
- provide much-needed short-term jetty spaces for boats used by the general public
- boost the local shopping centre
- help promote Patterson Lakes as a visitor destination
- offer space for the Victorian Water Police and the Australian Volunteer Coastguard.
Kingston Council and the Boating Industry Association of Victoria support the Victorian Government project and are willing to join an independent community-based committee to oversee the ongoing operation and maintenance of the jetty.
Kingston Council will also provide free services to oversee design and construction of the jetty and offered regular community grants that could support the Committee of Management.
Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley called on Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water – who oversee the waterways the jetty would be located on – to also join up.
“Even though this is not a Council project or located on Council land, we’re keen to see the jetty proceed and are more than willing to join a Committee of Management that would oversee ongoing maintenance of the jetty. We’re hopeful that Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water will also agree to join to ensure funding is approved,” Cr Bearsley said.
Mayor Bearsley also encouraged interested local businesses at the Harbour Plaza Shopping Centre, who will benefit from the project, or local residents to consider taking part. “Local boat owners will certainly make great use of improved public access and it will give a boost to the local traders as people can stop for an hour or two to shop or enjoy a meal at a local restaurant,” Cr Bearsley said.