Altona Foreshore upgrades make waves

Published: 21 Mar 2022

Altona Foreshore Revitalisation Video Transcript

[Delivering for Victoria - Altona Foreshore Revitalisation]

[Vision: Man fishing on foreshore. Altona flagging. Pedestrians walking along street.

- Ilch Mickovski - President, Altona Village Traders Association

Living locally, born here, I actually live on the same street as my mother that’s how local we are we’re not going to be moving.

[Vision: People walking along pier. View of a container ship offshore. Man fishing.

- Jonathon Marsden - Mayor, Hobsons Bay City Council

[Vision: View of Pier Street and Altona Beach]

Altona is unique in that the traders in Pier Street run into the beach and onto the pier.

The beach is Altona’s heart.

- Shaun Leane - Minister for Suburban Development

[Vision: View of people sitting on beach]

It’s so fantastic to be here, really happy to be able to announce the funding of $4.4 million towards this project.

[Vision: Artist’s impression of new foreshore development showing facilities]

More activity areas, more places to sit, more beach showers, more vegetation.

[Vision: People running along foreshore]

- Jonathon Marsden - Mayor, Hobsons Bay City Council

The Altona Foreshore Redevelopment will create flexible public spaces to provide alternative options to access the beach, improve safety and movement for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages.

- Jonathon Marsden - Mayor, Hobsons Bay City Council

It’s vital.

This precinct Altona Beach is a draw card from all over the northern and western suburbs.

This will bring it up to standard.

- Nicholas Bond - Treasurer, Altona Lifesaving Club

[Vision: View of Altona Lifesaving Club with people mingling outside]

This project is huge for the club.

We have close to 600 members at the club that spend a lot of time down here in summer.

It’s just going to allow us to recruit more members and provide some great infrastructure.

- Ilch Mickovski - President, Altona Village Traders Association

[Vision: People enjoying the Pier Street vicinity]

This project is super important to our local community.

We’re quite excited.

We can’t wait to see this come along.

- Shaun Leane - Minister for Suburban Development

[Vision: People enjoying the Pier Street vicinity. Artist’s impression of new foreshore development. People paddle-boarding and walking along beach]]

This is such a beautiful place.

I know some of you want to keep it quiet but I don’t think you could keep I quiet forever how fantastic it is.

- Jonathon Marsden - Mayor, Hobsons Bay City Council

[Vision: Artist’s impression of new foreshore development. Boy fishing]

As Mayor of Hobsons Bay I feel very proud to be a part of a council that’s embarking on this sort of work, not only to protect against sea level rise but also to guarantee a beautiful place for generations to come.

[Vision: Hobsons Bay City Council. Victoria State Government. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

Once dubbed Victoria’s Miami Beach, the Altona Foreshore is a hidden beachside gem. It’s one of two swimmable beaches in Melbourne’s west (the other is Williamstown).

Between now and early 2024, the Altona Foreshore Revitalisation Project will transform the area, making it more vibrant and visitor friendly.

The project will include new beach entrances. The path is being widened for pedestrians and cyclists. Viewing and resting spots are being upgraded too.

Mayor of the local Hobsons Bay City Council, Jonathon Marsden, has welcomed the $13.2 million upgrade.

“Altona is unique in that the local traders and Pier Street run into the beach and onto the pier,” he said.

“This beach is Altona’s heart, and vital to this precinct. In fact, it’s a drawcard from all over the northern and western suburbs. And this project will bring it up to standard.”

New drinking fountains, bike hoops, showers and art structures are all part of the changes.

The seawall will be redesigned to trap less heat and protect the foreshore from sea level rises.

“I feel very proud to be part of a council embarking on this sort of work. Not only to protect against sea level rise, but to guarantee a beautiful place for generations to come.”

Work on the foreshore started in August 2021. The project is part of a broader transformation of Altona.

Meanwhile, Altona’s streetscapes have been improved and paths widened outside shopfronts. Trees have been planted, new street furniture added, and drainage and landscaping upgraded.

The Pier Street Stage 4 Project, starting later this year, will focus on traffic calming measures to improve pedestrian access and safety, enhancing the precinct to encourage more community initiatives such as outdoor markets.

The foreshore project is being delivered by Hobsons Bay City Council, which has also provided $7.3 million to the project.

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is contributing $4.4 million from the Suburban Revitalisation Program, which focuses on driving economic and social prosperity in Melbourne’s suburbs.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has also contributed $1.4 million to the upgrade of the seawall and new beach access ramps at Webb and Mount Streets.

Page last updated 24 Jun 2022
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