My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Fishing and Boating, and the action that I seek is the immediate restoration and reopening of the storm-damaged and collapsed pier at Half Moon Bay for public use.
Locals were startled but not shocked to see that a large portion of our iconic Black Rock pier had collapsed due to ferocious weather about a fortnight ago.
For three years running the Labor government have failed to meet their own performance measures of keeping 80 per cent of major bay assets in average to excellent condition.
Imagine that: less than 80 per cent of our state’s bayside assets are even average.
Just down the road, Hampton pier has been closed to public access for nigh on 12 months.
It took a combined total of more than 30 parliamentary contributions, ministerial representations and questions on notice to get the Minister for Fishing and Boating to provide the barest guarantee that Hampton pier would, quote, ‘not be permanently closed without any indication as to a date for reopening’.
This is a much-loved community asset.
I note the member for Frankston is in the chamber tonight.
He knows a bit about collapsed piers.
They had the Frankston pier collapse and within record time the Andrews Labor government came to the aid of the member for Frankston and restored the pier.
Well, that is the gold standard, and that is what we need at the piers at Half Moon Bay in Black Rock and in Hampton.