A MAJOR infrastructure project is taking shape in Clarence with work underway on the construction of the Bellerive Public Pier.
Located where Cambridge Road meets Victoria Esplanade, it will extend 105-metres into the mouth of Kangaroo Bay.
It will feature a two-and-a-half-metre-wide walkway with seating, lighting and a navigation beacon at the end, and will be fully accessible and inclusive for people using wheelchairs, large prams and other mobility aids.
Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said it would also act as a breakwater to reduce and provide protection from waves to Kangaroo Bay, as well as provide protection for public moorings, the public boat ramp, the Bellerive Yacht Club marina and the existing boardwalk infrastructure
“In addition to providing a boost to local infrastructure, the community will enjoy increased access to the waterfront for leisure activities including walking, fishing and viewing,” he said.
“Ongoing capital works such as this are an essential element in supporting our local economy during this particular COVID-19 time.
“Once finished, the Bellerive Public Pier will be a welcome and valued amenity for the whole community to enjoy.”
The pier does not include a ferry terminal or boat berthing capability as the existing wharf on the Boardwalk will continue to be available for ferry operation.
It is estimated that work will be completed by the end of September.
The $2.8 million Bellerive Public Pier project is being delivered with the assistance of a $350,000 grant from the State Government as part of its Community Infrastructure Fund initiative.
Caption: Work begins on the Bellerive Public Pier.