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Heritage listed, Central Pier, is an iconic waterfront destination and the heartbeat of the Docklands precinct. 

A hub of entertainment, events and hospitality, Central Pier is home to 8 businesses and 1300 jobs. 

This bustling and historic waterfront runway is home to Woolshed, Austage Events, Mill & Bakery, Mama Rumaan, Alumbra and Atlantic Group event spaces (Peninsula, MAIÀ, Sumac and Sketch).

Once the life of the party… Central Pier is now on life support!

CENTRAL PIER After closure

Central Pier was shut down with no warning by Development Victoria on 28 August 2019 for 4 weeks due to structural safety concerns. Then on 24 September, despite not doing any further inspections, the closure was extended to 6 January 2020.

On 3 January 2020, Development Victoria announced their decision to permanently close the 100 year old Central Pier due to safety concerns. The news of the closure has left tenants, staff and the Docklands community devastated. The shocking outcome is the result of an extensive 15-week assessment of Central Pier by engineering firm KBR.

“Even if we were to invest significant funds and time in repairs, our engineers advise the issues will continue to resurface without ongoing specialist maintenance work. This investment would still not guarantee that the pier can be made safe for public access in the medium to long term due to its ongoing deterioration,” chief executive of Development Victoria, Angela Skandarajah said.

Questions remain around the previous repairs and inspections on the pier prior to the 28 of August 2019. Maintaining the pier formed part of Development Victoria’s responsibilities and with no prior warning of an accelerated deterioration, everyone is wondering how the regular inspections failed to identify what could have been a shocking catastrophe.

Tenants were given no time to inform their staff of the decision before it was released to the media. Tenants, staff and the wider community remain in disbelief as Development Victoria continue to discuss demolishing the heritage pier with questions around when this may happen and what activation will take its place, yet to be answered.


It’s time to change the narrative on Central Pier

The past few months have brought further division on the issue of Docklands’ sleeping giant Central Pier, in a situation where there are proving to be no winners. In December, the pier’s owner Development Victoria (DV) announced that it was preparing to remove the western

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