Kingston Pier Channel Construction Project

The Kingston Pier has always been a vital link to Norfolk Island.

The Norfolk Island community has been extensively involved in the design development for the proposed Kingston Pier Channel construction project, providing valuable feedback that has been key to the progression of the chosen design, Design Option 3a.

The project will increase the channel bed's depth and width to improve access and safety and ensure it meets required standards. It will also support greater usage of the pier by commercial charter and fishing vessels and emergency responders.

The final design (100% Design Report) for the Kingston Pier Channel Construction project is now complete, with display drawings able to be viewed in the Department’s on-island office and below:

  • 100% Design Report for Kingston Pier Channel Construction project PDF: 7.53 MB

A key issue raised by the community during consultation activities was the potential impact the channel augmentation (dredging) works could have on the structure of Kingston Pier. The project incorporated these concerns and undertook some early investigations, which identified structural integrity issues with the pier. Given this, the department has chosen to address these issues first to ensure Kingston Pier is structurally sound, prior to undertaking the dredging works.

Technical investigations of the pier to support the design development of remediation works have now commenced. These investigations will inform the design for the proposed remediation works, and the department will consult with the community once a strategy has been developed from the acquired technical data.

An announcement will be made once the remediation design for the Kingston Pier, Kingston Pier Rock Revetment and Slaughter Bay Seawall have been finalised.

The department and Advisian are committed to ensuring that the final design and construction of the project delivers the best outcomes for the community, the economy and the environment.

If you have any enquiries about the project, please email

For further information, see the fact sheet (PDF: 278 KB)

Latest Information

Following receipt of feedback from the community on the Public Environment Report (EPBC 2021/9124), the Department has incorporated comments and submitted a final version to obtain environmental approval for the project. 

The final report and appendices are available below.

The Department would again like to thank those from the community who put forward their input in response to the PER.

In is anticipated that once environmental approval is achieved, the Department can begin procurement activities for a construction contractor and an update will be provided when that process begins.

Public Environment Report: