Providing project management, consulting, and engineering services for coastal, community and environmental projects

Ainley Projects
portland harbour projects

Ainley Projects involvement in the Portland Harbour Project began in April 2011 when the project was in its early stages of planning and funding was being sought. We have been involved in this project every step of the way and it has been very exciting as the Project Managers to see ideas and concepts transform into state of the art facilities.

  • IMG_4952
  • IMG_6340
  • IMG_6351
  • IMG_6384
  • photo-5

coastal project

Download a PDF version of this project profile

  • Client name: Glenelg Shire Council
  • Location: Portland, Victoria
  • Project value: $5.9 million
  • Services offered: project management, project superintendant, coastal planning, environmental management, community consultation

Ainley Projects coordinated the approvals for this project including Coastal Management Act consent and Heritage Victoria approval.  Being a high profile project, active engagement and consultation with all stakeholders and the local community was paramount.  Information sessions, workshops, newsletters and regular media releases were an important part of keeping people involved and informed.

The project has three components:

  • Development of a 70 berth floating marina
  • Reclamation of some land to provide on-shore support infrastructure
  • Relocation and expansion of the recreational boat launching ramp

The construction of the 70 berth floating marina commenced in July 2012 with driving of the piles, and the floating pontoons were progressively installed.  The installation is now complete with the marina set to open and be filled with boats in April 2013.  Land based works around the marina continue.  Ainley Projects supervised the construction of the marina, verifying OH&S, quality and delivery against the schedule.  Ainley Projects flexible and transparent approach to problem solving has ensured the delivery of a high quality floating marina, with no environmental or safety breaches during construction.

The land reclamation works commenced in late 2011.  Dredged material from the Port of Portland’s shipping berth and sand from the mouth of the harbour was used to reclaim land around the Maritime Discovery Centre.  These works were completed in July 2012 and over time the material has compacted and settled.  This was a sensitive issue for the community and required ongoing open communication with stakeholders and the public.  Ainley Projects developed an environmental management plan to ensure that any impacts were monitored, recorded and appropriate action taken.

A four lane boat ramp and onshore support facilities have been designed for the area adjacent to the Lee Breakwater.  This will include boat and trailer parking, state of the art fish cleaning tables and a grassed community open space to be used for overflow parking in peak times.  Construction of the boat ramp is planned for June 2013.  Ainley Projects worked with the design team to ensure efficient use of the space and design of a boat ramp and on-shore support area that function seamlessly.  The challenge was to find a compromise between creating an area that could function well during peak boating times, but allow community use of the valuable foreshore space during other times.

The Portland Harbour Project is an exciting addition to the Portland foreshore and a great opportunity for local and visiting recreational boaters.

All Projects