Friday, September 5, 2008

Princes Pier at Port Community Forum (2)

Over 100 people came to the forum hosted by the City of Port Phillip with the Port of Melbourne Corporation at the Life Saving Victoria building on the Boulevard.
Princes Pier aroused the most feeling in the room. Martin Foley explained that the Minister is seeking further funding to continue the demolition work and restore and refurbish the Gatehouse. Princes Pier is managed by Major Projects Victoria, not the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

Other hot issues were:
  • the 'third world conditions' around the restaurants presenting to cruise ship visitors (and locals)
  • great frustration over the length of time being taken to move Beacon Cove over to the full control of the City of Port Phillip
  • concern about B doubles and whether they would access local roads
  • getting freight onto rail. The representative from the Port of Melbourne Corporation spoke of a 40% target - higher than the government's commitment to 20%