Venue operator Atlantic Group has addressed the recent closure of Central Pier in Melbourne’s Docklands, saying it is working alongside Development Victoria on the matter.
Central Pier was evacuated and closed last Wednesday, 28 August, after engineers raised concerns about the safety of the century-old structure.
Atlantic Group operates a number of venues along the pier, including Peninsula Docklands, Sketch and Sumac.
Following the closure, Atlantic Group has been working to relocate events that were scheduled to be hosted at the venues.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our customers, our clients and our staff,” the group said in a statement.
“We have been a proud part of the Docklands community since 2007 and we will continue to employ the 1000 Atlantic Group staff who work on Central Pier as we work to resolve this issue.
“We are also committed to providing the very best experience for our customers and are assisting with the relocation of all events currently booked for Central Pier in the coming weeks.
“Rest assured all impacted clients will be accommodated and every effort will be made to deliver an experience worthy of the Atlantic Group brand.”
The group also said it is working with Development Victoria to understand the situation and to seek clarity on when they will be able to return to the Central Pier venues.
All other Atlantic Group venues and businesses will continue to operate as usual, including The Atlantic, The Den, Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic, Gardens House, Tommy Collins by Atlantic Group and Port Melbourne Yacht Club.
The group said it is currently in the process of contacting all impacted customers.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our past and present customers for their patience,” the statement said.
“We also appreciate the overwhelming support received from our suppliers and other venues during this period to assist us and our clients.”