Mornington Pier wave screens to return

Works have commenced to reinstate the wave protection system on the ocean side of Mornington Pier to better protect the pier from significant storm events.

The initial works include the installation of a steel frame and drilling 120 new holes for supports. The wave screen panels will then be fixed to Mornington Pier in late April.

Engineers have redesigned the wave protection system to ensure better protection of the pier from future storm events. The original wave screens were damaged by two major storm events in July and October 2016.

The pier will remain open to the public during the works however some sections will be temporarily closed to ensure works are carried out safely. The works have been scheduled to avoid peak visitor times and for periods when wave and wind conditions are safer. As part of the process divers will also clean up the seabed and remove any old steel or debris in the water.

The wave protection system is expected to be installed by June 2018, subject to favourable weather and conditions.

Parks Victoria Acting Regional Director for Melbourne Marine and Maritime Graeme Davis, said, “The wave protection system has been redesigned and strengthened to ensure the community can have full confidence the wave screens will withstand future storm events.”

For further information call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au

Pictured: Waves crashing into the Mornington Peninsula Pier as high winds lashed Victoria in 2016. Photo Fifi Welsh. From article at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-13/waves-smashing-into-the-mornington-peninsula-pier/7623812