Shakespeare Grove drain and Brookes Jetty



Why are we doing this?

The impact


Shakespeare Grove drain

Construction will commence this year to replace the Shakespeare Grove main drain outlet on St Kilda Beach and construct a new viewing platform.

The drainage system, including drain outlets, plays an important role in taking stormwater safely away from properties, roads and built-up areas, which minimises the impacts of flooding.

By delivering a viewing platform, the project will also create a destination point for the community to enjoy.

Construction will impact the surrounding area, including access to public carparks, with details yet to be confirmed.

Melbourne Water is replacing Shakespeare Grove stormwater outfall to make it safe for the public and ensure it continues to reduce the risk of flooding to surrounding suburbs for many more years to come.

Further information about this is available on the Melbourne Water website.


Project History

Brookes Jetty motion passed at 27 October 2016 Council Meeting

On the 27 October 2016 Council Meeting, Councillors unanimously passed a motion about Brookes Jetty following community concerns about its removal by Parks Victoria. The motion states that Council:

  • Acknowledges community concerns over the removal of Brookes Jetty and recognises the strong value attached to this asset and the experiences that it has provided
  • Asks Parks Victoria to make suggestions for an appropriate recreational structure at Brookes Jetty as per 5.4 of the St Kilda Foreshore Urban Design Framework
  • Supports public safety as the key determinant in decision-making related to the removal of the Brookes Jetty
  • Asks State Government for the prioritisation of government investment for the redevelopment of the St Kilda Pier and construction of the separated penguin boardwalk.

Previous events

Community members raised concerns about Parks Victoria’s removal of Brookes Jetty in St Kilda in 2015. Parks Victoria acknowledged to Council they did not sufficiently notify the community in advance.

Parks Victoria advised that the jetty has been the location of at least one fatality and several serious spinal injuries in recent years. The City of Port Phillip supports efforts to reduce water related deaths and injuries.

As Council had no authority regarding the jetty as was not subject to a heritage planning overlay so any works undertaken by the public land manager (Parks Victoria) do not require planning approval.

The jetty was not able to be used by boats as it was in a no-boating zone.

Note:  Brookes Jetty is owned by Parks Victoria (not Council) and is not listed or subject to heritage overlays