On behalf of the Port of Williamstown Action Group (PoWAG) members and stakeholders we would like to provide our submission on the draft area plan and express our appreciation to Parks Victoria for acknowledging the importance of the Williamstown local port which has significate historical heritage which has been ignored in times gone by and is at risk of further depletion of key maritime assets which may never be returned to service for the community. Click on the file below to read the fuill submission.
Williamstown - Waterway Rule Change Proposed Change to 5 Knot zone. Have your say on a proposed waterway rule change within the Williamstown area of the local port of Port Phillip.
Good News with announcement from Melissa Horne MP today . We welcome this investment as critical Port of Williamstown infrastructure
PoWAG is committed to working constructively with all tiers of government to reinvest and rebuild critical maritime infrastructure to ensure Williamstown as a safe harbour is a preferred maritime destination
Restoring and reopening Workshops pier is key to this vision
This is a reminder of the coming PoWAG AGM which is scheduled for 7:00pm Monday 24 October. The meeting will be held on line via Zoom.
The Zoom link for the meeting is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86543611397
The meeting will be conducted under generally accepted rules for meetings and the current Rules of PoWAG as approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria at the time of PoWAG’s incorporation. A copy of these rules is attached. Also attached is the Notice of AGM and proposed motions amending the PoWAG Rules.
As indicated previously, all the official positions are declared vacant at the AGM, nominations will be called for President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer as well as for members of the committee. Note that under Rule 53(1), the AGM determines the size of the committee (other than the office bearers) and, If an election for any of these positions is required, this will be conducted online. Details of how this will be conducted provided prior to and in the meeting.
President and Secretary of PoWAG met Hon. Melissa last Friday ( 22 July) along with representatives from Parks Victoria, Department of Transport, Hobsons Bay City Council and SeaWorks.
Issues discussed included completion of the Wave, Wash and Surge Study (soon to be released), the implementation of the Williamstown Maritime Precinct Framework, the development of the Williamstown Local Action Plan and the Sustainable Ports Framework.
At the meeting and after its successful launch last Wednesday PoWAG reiterated its status as an organisation which is in a position to contribute in a positive and constructive way to the development of the Port of Williamstown.
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There was a very special list of dignitaries speaking at the PoWAG launch “Alfred Graving Dock”dinner tonight. Tony Dawson PoWAG Chair, Peter Quinlivian Author, Maritime Lawyer, Historian, BAE systems. Commodore Greg Yorke AM CSC RAN and Stephen Moss CSC, Executive Director, Young Endeavour Youth Scheme.
RYCV hosted a wonderful dinner and the many guests enjoyed a wonderful and rich history of stories about the Williamstown Shipyards and Alfred Graving Dock. We should be proud of Williamstown's maritime heritage and ensure that it continues!
Councillor Jonathan Marsden wrote "A cracking yarn told by Peter Quinlivian of the extraordinary history of the graving dock in the Williamstown dockyards in the colony of Victoria. The dock is still in good nick and could become operational again!"
To whom it may concern
We operate 3 Tallships in Sydney under the banner of Sydney Harbour Tallships.
We would love to have Tallships visit Sydney but due to the wharves that were available a decade ago being unavailable for ship berthing now, there is virtually no wharf space and hence no visiting ships.
Annually we take one of our Tallships to a festival. Last year to Cooktown (Cape York Expo) This year to Melbourne (Geelong Wooden Boat festival, then had hoped to go to Seaworks). Next year to Hobart (AWBF).
Bringing a feature vessel to a venue is a large undertaking
There is planning, costs and numerous other logistics to create or be part of special events.
We would hope to be able to visit Melbourne on a semi regular basis but without the wharf infrastructure in place we would not be able to do so.
I therefore would like to support any movement towards the preservation of the existing wharf infrastructure in and around Melbourne so that the unfortunate situation does not develop as has done in Sydney so that the visit of world class heritage Tallships can continue and events still be staged.
“Young Endeavour is sailing to the Port of Melbourne in November 2022, on a youth development voyage for young Australians aged 16-23. In the past, Young Endeavour has frequently berthed at the Seawork's Maritime facility in Hobsons Bay. As a maritime historical precinct, Williamstown has invariably been a destination port of choice and the ship's crew always look forward to participating in Tall Ship Festivals which draw large crowds to the ship during open day events.
Unfortunately, it appears that for the current voyage program. Young Endeavour will be unable to berth at the Workshop Pier. However, the Scheme is keen to work with Tall Ships Victoria to identify a suitable berth enabling the Scheme to again connect with the community of Williamstown, larger Melbourne and Victoria".
The Victorian Government is planning for the future of one of Melbourne's most iconic areas, the Williamstown Maritime Precinct, through the release of a comprehensive framework plan.
The government has released the <https://transport.vic.gov.au/-/media/tfv-documents/williamstownmaritimeprecinct_framework-report.pdf?la=en&hash=595D562175FD2DE389F4481877D4062E> Williamstown Maritime Precinct Framework addressing the area's maritime environment and providing a clear direction for the future.
The Department of Transport delivered the framework following a $200,000 investment to inform future planning for the area.
This report has been concurrently developed with the Hobsons Bay City Council and community groups to ensure Williamstown's strong economic and environmental future.
Six initiatives are highlighted in the framework to support a thriving Williamstown, including proposed changes for better pedestrian and cycling foreshore paths, boat maintenance facilities, improved car parking and connectivity between waterfront sites. Implementation of the framework is already underway.
The Williamstown Marine Precinct Framework has set out the following six directions for the precinct
1. A place of cultural exchange that is meaningful and allows people to share an array of cultural experiences, recognising, celebrating and learning about its indigenous values, past and contemporary heritage and enriching its social capital.
2. A functional and celebrated maritime destination, recognised not only as a working port but also a place that visitors can spectate or participate in educational and recreational pursuits around a core maritime focus.
3. A compatible precinct, promoting adaptive re-purposing of land and infrastructure assets to maintain the precinct as a thriving mixed-use space, balancing various user needs.
4. A resilient precinct ready to tackle environmental and socio-economic challenges such as climate change through adaptive and practical solutions.
5. An area that promotes greater cohesion and linkages between the port and maritime functions and the tourist and recreational facilities on offer.
6. An innovative and prosperous precinct that is open to progress and change, whilst underpinning a prosperous and economic base through nurturing skills and trades, education, learning and innovation.
The Williamstown Wave Wash and Surge Study was undertaken to understand potential causes and effects of waves in the precinct has recommended further consideration of vessel operations, together with more information and education for vessel owners.
Extensive engagement was undertaken to develop these reports, working with residents, businesses, industry, traditional landowners, government agencies and visitors. More than 200 responses to public surveys and online sessions were received for the framework.
The Williamstown Maritime Precinct is a significant area of employment and recreation in Port Phillip. The framework will guide future investment and planning decisions for the area.
One of the first actions from the framework plan is the investment of $100,000 through the Local Ports Program for further detailed inspections of piers located within the precinct to support commercial activities and tourism.
The report complements the <https://transport.vic.gov.au/ports-and-freight/about-victorias-local-ports#framework> Sustainable Local Ports Framework, highlighting the region's commercial and recreational significance.
PoWAG welcomes the report and recognises all of the contributors.
PoWAG’s individual members, and
PoWAG itself, is grateful for having been heard, and for our contributions in many cases to have been considered and included.
PoWAG is delighted with the increased emphasis on
• The wave wash and surge study and the realisation that without this being remedied, the precinct has major problems.
• Recognition in relation to the maritime infrastructure and the drastic need for it to be enhanced, including how desperately it is lacking in comparison to virtually all other such infrastructure in the state of Victoria, and beyond.
• The references to recreational boating, destination, tourism, visitation, industry, jobs and the importance of these factors. In terms of the six directions – These look good however within them
PoWAG would have liked to have seen –
• Specific reference to the wave wash and surge study and how causation and remedy must be central to this precinct plan. This must be at the forefront of all thinking in relation to the precinct plan. • Additional reference to the current ageing, and in many cases unusable state, of the maritime infrastructure and the need for this to be addressed, as an undeniable and central consideration of the precinct plan.
These two items are the main PoWAG considerations for the precinct and how it should be strategically planned for and managed.
Councillor Jonathon Marsden talks about the need for a safe harbour at Williamstown. Cr Marsden is in his second term and has served as Mayor of Hobsons Bay twice. He describes his strong connection to the area and his desire to see the maritime heritage preserved and as an integral part of Williamstown.
Tony Dawson Acting Chair of POWAG and Past Commodore HBYC speaks about the benefits of a Safe Harbour at Williamstown. Note the rocking masts near the end of the video despite what looks like smooth water.
Peter Harris OAM, CEO Tall Ships Vic talks about how Tall Ships visitation to Victoria is currently in jeopardy and how this is important for Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria and for economic and historic values.
Scott O'Hare is the Managing Director at Chapparel Australia and has commercial interests on the Williamstown foreshore and Hobsons Bay. Scott explains the safety desirability and cost outcomes of a Safe Harbour.
Steve Walker - CEO Boating Industry Association Victoria BIAV
QUESTION: How do Williamstown’s maritime structures compare to the rest of the city and state?
10 December 2021
The Port of Williamstown Action Group (PoWAG) notes that Seaworks has received notification that, based on preliminary engineering advice, that it will need to close off all access to Workshop Pier.
This means that the entire pier will be cut off to the public. A fence will be installed by Parks Victoria near the current boom gate and a locked gate on the lower landing for boat owners to access their vessels. This will take place within the next week.
“Although disappointing for Seaworks and Williamstown, the closure was not totally unexpected” stated Seaworks Executive Officer Glenn Jones.
PoWAG spokesman Tony Dawson adding “This is further evidence of the need for maritime infrastructure refreshment in our precinct, and for a Safe Harbour for its future protection.” Dawson went on to say “Hobsons Bay is at a great disadvantage due to the aging facilities and their lack of protection from wave, wash and storm impact. We really hope that this further setback activates those that can influence a Safe Harbour and infrastructure upgrades. There is a great deal hinging on this”.
We would appreciate your support by joining Port of Williamstown Action Group as a member.
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