Support grows for maritime museum at Pompei’s Landing

April 6, 2017 by  

The establishment of a maritime museum in Mordialloc, near Braeside, is the focus of a push by a former Kingston City boat builder.

Don Shields believes there is no better time to put the wheels in motion for the creation of the area’s first maritime historical centre, and said Pompei’s Landing would be an ideal location.

He said his vision is to preserve the area at the bridge in Mordialloc heading towards Frankston for boating, as well as embark on a beautification programme, which could see the location become a popular focus on postcards promoting the city.

Shields said Mordialloc had grown to become an exciting and vibrant area and the establishment of a museum could add a new attraction for visitors and locals to enjoy.

Associated with the marine industry for many years, Shields owned and operated Aqua Fibreglass for 39 years until 2009. He specialised in keels, rudders and yacht centre boards.

The maritime enthusiast’s concept was fully supported by Bill Nixon, a former Kingston councilor, who said racing and boating had long been activities aligned with the suburb and all that was required for Shields’ idea to become a reality was a worthwhile plan backed up with vision and money.

A maritime village vision at Pompei’s Landing had been adopted by Kingston Council in 2004 as part of its Mordialloc Structure Plan. The concept had included an interpretative and educational museum, a shed for building new boats and a restaurant.