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Proposed Southgate Wharf Floating Landing

Southgate is a prime berthing location for commercial passenger boats on the Yarra River. Southgate Wharf is situated on the south side of the Yarra River, a short distance west of Princes Bridge and east of the Southgate Footbridge.

A suite of new measures to improve management of the Lower Yarra River, was announced by
the State Government in April 2016 in response to a report by the Lower Yarra River Use Future Directions Group on the future of the Lower Yarra River. This included $2 million for the development of floating berths at Southgate Wharf to support the commercial passenger boat industry at Southgate.

The current berthing facilities at Southgate do not meet accessibility standards for commercial vessels at various tides. It is proposed to install floating landings that meet Disability Discrimination Act compliance standards and improve safety and accessibility at Southgate Wharf.

The project will include refurbishing the information and ticket booths and improve point of sale facilities to enhance the visitor experience.

The State Government has delegated oversite of the project to the Lower Yarra River Management Advisory Committee which provides advice on management of the Lower Yarra River and aligns the work of Parks Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

The project is a priority for the future investment and growth in the commercial boating industry. Parks Victoria is currently consulting with key industry stakeholders including commercial tour boat operators, business community and relevant Government agencies.

Following consultation, Parks Victoria will review and finalise the plans for the proposed floating landing and begin construction.

The construction period is expected to take up to 8 weeks. The timing for construction is yet to be confirmed.

During the construction period, temporary closures of the Yarra River may be required. Parks Victoria will consult with berth licence holders to identify the best time to complete construction.

Yarra River users will be kept informed through Notices to River Users and updates on the Yarra River page of the Parks Victoria website.

For more information on the proposed Southgate Floating Landing call 13 1963.