Frankston Times 3 March 2020

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Frankston Times

3 March 2020

Pier pressure: Frankston Pier after a damaging storm last year. Picture: Gary Sissons

End in sight for pier WORKS to repair Frankston Pier have faced delays, but will finally begin in April. The pier was badly damaged in harsh storms in August last year. A 20-metre section of the top of the pier snapped off in 95kmph winds, and floated down to the foreshore. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke said that the New South Wales bushfires

had left timber for the reconstruction stranded. “Delivery of the timber material is now possible and work will now commence in April 2020,” he said. “Works will include rebuilding the pier head with new piles and structural timber, [and a] new Disability Discrimination Act compliant ramp will be installed to southern section of the lower landing,

meaning better access for a broader section of the community.” The rogue section of pier contained lighting, a navigational aid and a seat. In September last year, Parks Victoria used barges to assess the piles and structure to determine what works would need to be conducted (“Pier restoration on the horizon” The Times, 23/9/19).

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