Seaworks is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes Victoria’s maritime history on a prime waterfront location in Williamstown. The site is a working deep-water port and Melbourne’s key mooring site for visiting local and international tall ships and other historic vessels.
Seaworks provides a place for recreational, educational, tourism, cultural and commercial activities, attracting Victorian, interstate and overseas visitors. Its strategic goals are:
- to be a major and nationally significant maritime heritage site and visitor destination, with active berthing, in a contemporary setting and
- to be a place where people come to learn, celebrate life, enhance community connections and feel engaged.
The Seaworks precinct is a magnificent setting already in demand for a diverse calendar of cultural, food and wine, and vibrant events that engage and resonate with the broader community across metropolitan Melbourne. It is also a working waterfront that should provide long term berthing options for local commercial operators as well as able to support the demand for high profile vessels and international maritime events.
Seaworks is developing the precinct and through funding from the Andrews Government, has commenced a number of key infrastructure projects which was completed in July 2018 including refurbishment of the events space and amenities, upgrade to one of the heritage sheds and the establishment of a Creative Technology Hub. The development of the Seaworks precinct is aligned to the State Planning Policy Framework for Maritime Precincts, the “Our Bays Vision: The Bays and Maritime Initiative (Parks Victoria, 2009)”, the “Williamstown Foreshore Strategic Plan 2010 – Parks Victoria” and the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy 2016.
Please see the photo gallery of the new re-developed Seaworks from July 2018.
Seaworks is well positioned to become the premier Maritime precinct in Port Phillip to build as a significant year-round destination.
Vision & Mission
The goal of Seaworks is to promote maritime history associated with the Port of Williamstown and the early settlement of Victoria by facilitating the use of the premises by the public for recreational, educational, tourism and commercial activities.
Seaworks aims to be a vibrant maritime precinct engaging the public in interactive and educational activities to recognise and celebrate our heritage. Seaworks will build a national profile as a place to experience maritime history and more contemporary activities.
Board of the Seaworks Foundation
Chairman-Trevor Huggard AM
Trevor is the Managing Director of Finmay Pty Ltd and THA Consultants, Structural Engineers and Planners specialising in heritage structures. Trevor is passionate about maritime heritage. He has been a consultant to the National Trust and Heritage Victoria for 35 years and was instrumental in saving Gem Pier at Williamstown.
Patsy Toop OAM
Patsy is a local resident and partner in a Melbourne legal firm. She is a member of a number of not for profit boards including WISE Employment and the Trades Hall Workers Health Centre. Patsy is an advocate for preserving Williamstown’s heritage and the seaport as a location of early settlement.
Rod is a local resident with an interest in protecting Williamstown’s maritime heritage values especially through his interest in wooden boat building. He is a chartered accountant with his own practice. Rod has been a member of local community boards and was, for six years, a president of The Williamstown Festival Board.
Craig has spent 25 years in senior property operations roles in Victoria and is currently the Business Development Manager for an Australian company specialising in sales knowledge management. Craig spent five years in the Royal Australian Navy and was stationed at the Williamstown Naval Dockyards.
Peter is an award winning journalist with The Weekly Times newspaper in Melbourne. He is a Newport resident and has been a councillor on Hobson’s Bay City Council since 1999, serving as Mayor in 2008-09.
Nick has over 20 years’ experience in Tourism Investment, Project Management and Urban Planning and has been responsible for the implementation of a number of private and public sector projects. Currently, Nick is responsible for the attraction of tourism investment to Victoria as part of the role that Tourism Victoria plays in growing and enhancing visitor experiences.
Mike Brady AM
Mr Brady has formed and operated his own record, publishing and advertising companies, and worked with several advertising agencies. He has also held directorships of tourism Victoria and several charity and non-profit organisations, including Variety and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Executive Officer – Glenn Jones