Melbourne's Docklands Central Pier closed for fear that it might collapse

Waterfront restaurants and bars are being evacuated while Melbourne's age-old Central Pier is being shut down because of the fear that it might suddenly collapse

  • An age-old pier in the Docklands district of Melbourne has been shut down
  • Engineers declared Dockland's central pier unsafe on Wednesday
  • Restaurants and bars were closed abruptly with diners who had to evacuate
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An age-old pier in the Docklands district of Melbourne has been shut down because it is dangerous despite many years of work.

Restaurants and bars were closed abruptly on Wednesday evening, after engineers had declared the Central Pier of Dockland unsafe and immediate closure was the only option at noon.

& # 39; Engineers inspect the pier every two months since November 2018 and had previously provided certification to support the continued occupation of the pier, & # 39; Victoria spokesman Geoff Ward said in a statement.

An age-old pier in the Docklands district of Melbourne has been shut down because it is dangerous despite many years of work

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An age-old pier in the Docklands district of Melbourne has been shut down because it is dangerous despite many years of work

Restaurants and bars were closed abruptly on Wednesday evening after engineers declared Dockland Central Pier unsafe and immediate closure was the only option at noon

Restaurants and bars were closed abruptly on Wednesday evening after engineers declared Dockland Central Pier unsafe and immediate closure was the only option at noon

Restaurants and bars were closed abruptly on Wednesday evening after engineers declared Dockland Central Pier unsafe and immediate closure was the only option at noon

& # 39; However, given the engineers' notice (on Wednesday), there was no alternative but to leave the pier to maintain public safety. & # 39;

Some diners say they were only told halfway through their dinners on Wednesday night, the ABC reports.

The pier is more than 100 years old, has undergone major stabilization work in the last two years and has previously been released for continuous use.

But on Wednesday, engineers told Development Victoria that there had been a further rapid deterioration and that the site had to be evacuated and all locations closed.

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Tenant Central Pier Pty, also known as Atlantic Group, operates various restaurants and functional spaces on the site.

Group chief executive Hatem Saleh told The Herald Sun that a shut-down report was given at 4 p.m., but he wondered if a total evacuation was necessary.

The pier is more than 100 years old, has undergone major stabilization work in the last two years and has previously been released for continuous use

The pier is more than 100 years old, has undergone major stabilization work in the last two years and has previously been released for continuous use

The pier is more than 100 years old, has undergone major stabilization work in the last two years and has previously been released for continuous use

& # 39; The advice from Central Pier by its engineers is that only parts of Central Pier may give rise to any concern and do not justify complete closure & # 39;

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He said that for safety reasons, the group had met despite questions about the closing order.

One dinner told the ABC that his group was only told to leave at 7 p.m.

Opposition spokesperson planning Tim Smith said that if work had been done in the last two years, it would not be good enough for a sudden evacuation.

& # 39; Development Victoria, their president James McKenzie and indeed the Andrews government should clean up this morning with the people of Victoria about how they have brought their pier to such a state of decay & # 39 ;, he told reporters in the parliament.

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