THE executive director of Heritage Victoria has announced his recommendation that the Heritage Council of Victoria include the Flinders Pier on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The move is a significant step in the campaign to save Flinders Pier.
As part of the consideration process, Heritage Victoria will invite submissions from the public and interested parties who support (or oppose) the recommendation. There may also be public hearings.
It is expected the assessment process will take around two months, and if it gets listed it must be protected and any work will require a permit from Heritage Victoria.
Flinders Community Association spokesperson Charles Reis said it was unknown how Parks Victoria or the state government would respond to the recommendation; or if the Heritage Council of Victoria would accept the recommendation.
Bu, he said Heritage Victoria’s recommendation and enough public support were the best chances of saving the historic pier.
“So, we still have a long way to go before we can declare victory,” he said.
“As a result, we will continue with our campaign, albeit in a measured way to allow the review process to proceed unimpeded.”
First published in the Western Port News – 30 March 2022