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Long Jetty Rehabilitation Project

The Rehabilitation of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is a South Gippsland Shire Council key priority project.

Once complete, the Long Jetty will significantly enhance regional economic growth through increased tourism and employment opportunities. For this reason, it is the largest tourism infrastructure project to ever be undertaken in South Gippsland.


Project Overview

A contract for the rehabilitation of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty has been awarded to SMC Marine Pty Ltd. SMC Marine is a Sydney based company with extensive experience in the rehabilitation of timber wharfs and piers both in and around Sydney and in Western Australia. Recently they have designed and constructed the Anderson Road Jetty at Cowes and the Myer Street Jetty at Lakes Entrance.

The project will see the inshore 190 metres (pile rows 1 to 62) rehabilitated on the existing piles crossheads and beams with precast concrete deck panels. The piles will be rehabilitated as much as is practical to retain their appearance. From pile row 62 to the start of the burnt section (pile row 250), a distance of approximately 572 metres, the existing structure will be demolished and replaced. It will follow the same alignment, with a new structure comprising timber piles and crossheads with a composite steel beam and concrete deck.

The new timber piles will be turpentine species driven at a rake to match the existing piles at six metre centres compared to the three metre centre of the piles in the existing jetty. The slipway approach will be partially reconstructed in a similar manner to the jetty and the existing winch shed will be restored and re-erected on the rebuilt slipway approach.

The outer end of the jetty, beyond the end of the reconstructed jetty, will be demolished with the piles being cut off at 2 metres below low water to be retained as habitat. Navigation aids will be installed to define the underwater habitat area.

The jetty will be finished to the requirements for disabled access and fitted with a fibreglass handrail on sides, public lighting, a water supply and fire service. Following completion of the works there will be the opportunity to provide interpretative information around the history of the Long Jetty.

SMC Marine has indicated its intention, in association with a timber recycler, to grade the removed timbers as furniture, architectural, landscape, fire wood and disposal grades. SMC Marine has extensive experience with the rehabilitation of timber jetties and has demonstrated commitment to the recycling of as much timber as possible. The project will provide employment opportunities, with SMC Marine engaging regional subcontractors and suppliers.  

The Port Welshpool Long Jetty is owned by the Victorian State government and Gippsland Ports is the Local Port Manager and delegated manager of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty. Project delivery and contract management is by Gippsland Ports with South Gippsland Shire Council responsible for all media, messaging and community engagement.

Funding for the project has been provided through grants from Regional Development Victoria, Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and South Gippsland Shire Council. Works commenced on site in July with site establishment and the removal of the deck timbers from the inshore section. The contract provides for completion of the works in late 2018.

Works Update - November 2017

The site works are progressing well with the works on schedule to be completed by the end of 2018.

  • Stage One
    • Consists the rehabilitation of the original jetty from the abutment to pile row 62, the structural works are complete and all concrete deck panels as supplied by GBG Precast Concrete in Sale have been installed.
    • Numerous repairs and rectification works to the original timber structure have been successfully completed.
    • Handrailing and services will be progressively installed as the overall jetty works are carried out.
  • Stage Two
    • Consists of the demolition and reconstruction of pile row 63 through 251, which is identified by the end of the existing handrail and burnt section of the jetty.)
    • Works have commenced with bents 64 through 76 being demolished via low tide access.
    • Similarly new piles and crosshead installation has commenced in this area as tides permit.
    • SMC Marine are mobilizing equipment for the on water works, the barge mounted excavator is on the water with debris containment booms being fabricated on site in preparation for demolition and pile driving works.
    • Local subcontractors are being engaged for Stage Two works including GBG Concrete (precast composite concrete decks), RM Engineering (steel fabrication) and Valicote (steel protective coating).

Request to Public

  • We welcome the public interest in the progressing works at the Long Jetty, the numerous visitors, photography; boating and drone activity demonstrates the extent of support to the project.
  • To assist in the management of safety to the public and the workers on site it is requested that the public take note of signage and demarcation areas, using a common sense approach when in the vicinity of the Long Jetty.
  • With the construction operational on the water as well as the shore area it is requested that in the interest of public safety that all persons be vigilant when in the vicinity of the works at the Port Welshpool Long Jetty.
LJ Old Piles
LJ Pile Repair
Lj structure repair and panel set out
Lj deck panels in place

Further Information

Long Jetty Advocacy Flyer