Ocean Reef boat harbour dredging finishes

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Dredging of the Ocean Reef boat harbour has significantly improved safety for users, according to the Department of Transport. Picture: Department of Transport

SKIPPERS will find it easier to navigate waters at Ocean Reef Boat Harbour following the recent completion of maintenance dredging by the Department of Transport ahead of schedule.

The department’s maritime planning director Donna West said $270,000 had been spent removing 5000 cubic metres of sediment from the entrance channel, near-shore areas and around the boat ramps.

“The five-week campaign has restored depths at the facility to the correct levels and significantly improved safety for users,” she said.

Ms West said the department had estimated the cost of the project to be $300,000 and had expected the work to take up to two months.

But the project had been finished early and under budget partly due to the understanding and cooperation of skippers and beach goers who abided by the restrictions and special arrangements in place during the work.

“The work at the harbour is an important part of the department’s regular maintenance dredging program along the WA coastline and provides ongoing safe access to and from the facility.”

She said as part of the works a cutter suction dredge was used to hydraulically pump sediment to the disposal site area located north-east of the boat harbour.

“Testing confirmed that dredge material could be safely deposited on the allocated disposal site.

“The site will be capped with mulch to help prevent windblown sands.’’