Melbourne’s Central Pier evacuated following safety concerns

Upcoming events have been forced to find alternative venues at short notice.

Patrons at Central Pier in Melbourne’s Docklands were evacuated on Wednesday 28 August, after engineers raised concerns about the safety of the century-old structure.

Central Pier comprises a number of venues, including restaurants, a bar and an event space.

According to ABC, Development Victoria said despite efforts to stabilise the pier, engineers confirmed on Wednesday there had been rapid deterioration, making it unsafe for patrons.

All tenants and patrons were asked to leave the premises immediately. Upcoming events have also been forced to find alternative venues.

“Engineers have advised Development Victoria today that they have assessed Central Pier as being unsafe for use, requiring immediate closure,” Development Victoria said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Engineers have been inspecting the pier every two months since November 2018 and had previously provided certification that supported the ongoing occupation of the pier.”

Development Victoria is seeking further engineering advice on the structure.

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