Much more to enjoy about Footscray Wharf

Published on 30 April 2020

The long awaited Footscray Wharf redevelopment project is expected to get underway in July.

It will see the wharf and promenade constructed between Hopkins Street and Footscray Road in Footscray.

There will also be landscaping works done along the river to make it an inviting space to play and for families to enjoy, making the most of the Maribyrnong River.

Highlights include:

- timber wharf/boardwalk with lower landings and floating pontoon to moor small to medium boats and vessels

- improvements to the shared path with feature lighting

- planting between the wharf and promenade, making the most of the existing iconic avenue of palm trees

- meeting spaces with seating, picnic facilities and shelters

- retention of the heritage rail line

Council has been working towards this project since 2014 when the idea to first revitalise the waterfront in Footscray was raised. This was followed by community engagement in 2017 on schematic designs and working with State Government to allocate funding to the project.

The State Government has committed $6 million to the project in 2018 over two years as part of the Westgate Tunnel project. Council will match the $6 million to complete the project by mid-2021.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter:

“This is an exciting initiative for our community and visitors alike. Footscray Wharf starts at the newly refurbished Henderson House Landing and will extend south towards Shepherds Bridge. This project will not only activate our much loved riverfront, making it more attractive and accessible to walkers and cyclists, but will also create jobs. It is important that we keep key infrastructure and public works projects ticking along during this challenging time for the economy.”