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Kingston Pier Channel Construction Project Initial Design Consultation

The Norfolk Island community is invited to provide feedback on the initial design of the proposed Kingston Pier Channel construction project.

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 objective of the project is to improve safety in all tides and workable weather conditions, providing considerable benefits to pier users and the broader community.

At the beginning of the year, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department) engaged Advisian Pty Ltd as the design services contractor (DSC) for the project.

In line with the Norfolk Island Community Engagement Framework, Advisian and its sub-contractor, Consult Marine Pty Ltd, met with community members and stakeholders in mid-February 2020.

The purpose of the discussions was to gain an understanding of their views on the project to inform the initial design.

The Department welcomes feedback from the community on the initial design, which is available on the department's website (, to ensure it is in line with community expectations and meets operational requirements.

Please submit your feedback by 1 June 2020.

This community feedback will inform the next stage of the design which will be made available to the community for further feedback.

It is important to note that the final design will require approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act prior to construction.  Progression to the construction stage would also be subject to community and Government priorities and the outcome of future budget processes.  

If you have any enquiries about the project, please email

Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island
14 May 2020