Maritime Museum Becomes More Accessible

Member for the Bellarine Alison Marchant officially opened the new accessible walkway with members of the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum. (Supplied)

By Jena Carr

The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum is more accessible for the community following the opening of a new all-abilities walkway, viewing deck and listening post.

The museum received $122,000 from the state government’s $2.5 million Universal Design Grant program, which helped build an accessibility ramp for the pilot vessel Mavis III, a flagship exhibit.

Vice president June Negri said she was “delighted” to open the walkway on May 11 and to receive the funding to help make the museum more accessible for the Queenscliff community.

“The viewing deck and listening post are another step towards the museum’s aim is to continue to improve our exhibitions and experiences for all people,” she said.

“Being able to view the vessel up close and listen to stories of the Mavis III as told by the people who worked on board brings the history of the Port Phillip Sea pilots alive to all visitors.”

The museum promotes the historical importance of Southern Port Phillip, a challenging entrance into Port Phillip from Bass Strait, and the township of Queenscliff.

“The Port Philip Sea Pilots have continuously been providing safe pilotage for shipping through the Rip since 1839,” Ms Negri said.

“The pilot display at the museum tells the history of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots and brings this fascinating living history to the public through the inclusion of the new walkway.”

Member for Bellarine Alison Marchant said visitors to the museum would experience tales of shipwrecks, lifeboats and rescues, local fishing, shipping, boating and lighthouses.

“This project is allowing more people to get close to the pilot vessel Mavis III and learn about its exciting past,” she said.