MHAV represents over 40 organisations and hundreds of members supporting maritime awareness, collections, experiences and historic vessels. From canoes to clippers, immigrants to container ships, the sea has touched the lives of all Victorians. But Victoria is the only Australian state without a major centre to preserve and celebrate its vast maritime riches.
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27 August 2010 - Seaworks Lease is SignedSince 2003 a derelict site at Williamstown has been transformed by community efforts into Seaworks, a public precinct for maritime events and visiting vessels. The site has the location and history to become a world-class 'working port' centre - a tourist drawcard and economic driver for Victoria. The MHAV aims to facilitate the development and management of a world-class State maritime heritage centre at Seaworks. See the Williamstown vision and site proposal.
Press Release: Parks Victoria and the Seaworks Foundation have signed a 21 year lease. More...
Williamstown Seaworks Site Strategic Development Plan
Williamstown Seaworks Site Masterplan
Background: Since 2003, many hard-working volunteers have contributed their time, money and labour to the Seaworks site. Efforts have included a massive clean-up of the site after it was left derelict for decades, setting up the Williamstown Maritime Association and the Pirates Tavern, painting and repairing sheds, professional plumbing and rewiring, organising community-interest events and heritage boat festivals, hosting James Craig and other historic vessels, plus continual ongoing maintenance.
After the 2004 Heritage Boat Show, Premier Steve Bracks endorsed the idea of a maritime heritage precinct on the site and directed Parks Victoria to work with representative groups. The Seaworks Foundation, consisting of business and community leaders, was established in 2006 to manage the planning and development of the site. Seaworks and Parks Victoria have finally signed a lease for the site in August 2010.