A major infrastructure project in Clarence has come to fruition with the official opening of the Bellerive Public Pier, delivering increased amenity and leisure activities just in time for the summer season.
Located where Cambridge Road meets Victoria Esplanade, the Bellerive Public Pier extends 105 metres into the mouth of Kangaroo Bay and features a 2.5-metre-wide walkway with seating, lighting and a navigation beacon at the end.
Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said he was thrilled to be officially unveiling this major project in the city.
“The Bellerive Public Pier is a significant asset for Clarence – not only does it provide an important boost to local infrastructure, it will also see the community enjoy increased access to our city’s beautiful waterfront for leisure activities including walking, fishing and viewing,” he said.
“In addition to being a wonderful community asset, the pier also acts 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.
“As a long-term asset that is designed to benefit the community for more than 50 years, this vital piece of infrastructure will help safeguard our popular Bellerive foreshore for future generations.
“This is sure to be a welcome and valued amenity that the whole community can enjoy.”
The project was delivered with the assistance of a $350,000 grant from the State Government as part of its Community Infrastructure Fund – Major Grants Program initiative.
“We are thrilled to see the breakwater open, and it was a pleasure to provide this funding for yet another fantastic Tasmanian infrastructure project that makes life better for Tasmanians,” Minister Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, said.
“The Kangaroo Bay precinct is connecting Bellerive to Hobart and this is a project of lasting value for the local community.”
The Federal Government also invested $5 million in the broader Kangaroo Bay precinct in 2013.
The Hon. Senator Jonathon Duniam, left, Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman, right, with Clarence City Council Aldermen, cut the ribbon to officially open the Bellerive Public Pier.