26 September 2023

Dredging project to improve harbour safety

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The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) has announced that dredging works have started at Port MacDonnell to improve safety and access to the harbour, boat ramp and mooring ground.

Director of Marine Services for DIT, James Buder said the project would remove a significant accumulation of sandy materials at the harbour entrance and mooring grounds, as well as a build-up of seaweed inside the harbour channel, to improve safety and access for all boat users.

Mr Buder said works were expected to be completed by late July, weather permitting.

“Works will be undertaken 24-hours a day, seven days-a-week, to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible,” Mr Buder said.

“Noise levels will be reduced between 10pm and 7am to limit any impact on nearby residents,” he said.

“Works will cease if dolphins or seals are observed within five metres of any dredging.”

Mr Buder said the harbour entrance would be accessible to boat operators during the works, however, the ramp would be limited to one lane until late April.

“Boats using the boat haven entrance should use caution and follow the four-knot speed limit,” he said.

He said organic materials dredged from the channel would be screened, drained and transported to the adjacent western beach.

“Sand dredged from the harbour entrance will be deposited for replenishment of sandy beaches located east of the harbour,” Mr Buder said.

He said the Department had undertaken extensive consultation with the District Council of Grant since 2019 to ensure the planned harbour dredging met community and stakeholder needs.

“The works will be progressed under strict environmental standards and will aim to minimise impacts to the fishing industry, community, the environment and marine ecosystem,” the Director said.

Further information about the dredging project can be accessed at this PS News link.

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