Boat harbour dredging starts

Recreational skippers from Butler and Jindalee who use Ocean Reef Boat Harbour need to be aware of special safety arrangements during dredging works.

BUTLER and Jindalee recreational skippers who use the boat ramps at Ocean Reef boat harbour need to be aware dredging is being carried out during the next two months.

Department of Transport coastal infrastructure acting general manager Donna West said maintenance dredging had started at Ocean Reef boat harbour to help restore safe navigational access for recreational boat users.

Ms West said the $300,000 project would involve removing about 6000 cubic metres of sediments from the entrance channel, near-shore areas and around the boat ramps to improve access to the harbour.

“Skippers operating in the area and people accessing the beach need to be aware of the special safety arrangements implemented for the dredging and onshore works,’’ she said.

She said works would be undertaken using a cutter suction dredge, which hydraulically pumped sand to the disposal site area located north-east of the boat harbour and to the inner harbour’s beach.

“Testing has confirmed that dredge material can be safely deposited on the beach.’’