Swansea Channel first to benefit from major NSW Government commitment for dredging

13 July 2021

Swansea Channel will be one of five NSW waterways set to benefit from one of the biggest ever programs of fully funded dredging to be carried out by the NSW Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said a total of $6.2 million worth of dredging work will be carried out at Swansea Channel at Lake Macquarie, Town Green Moorings at Port Macquarie, Bermagui Boat Harbour, Ettalong Channel at Brisbane Water, and Evans Head Boat Harbour at the entrance to Evans River.

“Dredging in Swansea Channel benefits both commercial operators and recreational users,” Mr Martin said.

“The area of the navigation channel known as the dog-leg, near the southern entrance to Swan Bay, will be the focus of most of the dredging work.

“Other shoaling hot spots, such as near the drop-over, will also be addressed.

“Swansea Channel is considered a key investment location under the NSW Coastal Dredging Strategy which means that when funding is available for dredging, the waterway is given priority.

“Transport for NSW is also considering longer term options to improve the responsiveness and efficiency of future dredging in Swansea Channel.”

Mr Martin said NSW Maritime, in its new role overseeing the statewide dredging program, has identified these five priority locations after carrying out investigations and input from local communities.

“Some waterways are more prone than others to the natural process of sedimentation, in which sand and silt washes downstream and gradually fills channels or berthing areas,” Mr Martin said.

“This can have far-reaching economic impacts for communities which are dependent on their fishing and boating industries.”

Mr Martin said the dredging work would be made possible with a $6.2 million NSW Government stimulus funding commitment, part of the $205 million allocated to maritime infrastructure and projects.

“In these continuing difficult times, we are doing all we can to help out our coastal communities with the support they need to get on with the job,” Mr Martin said.

“This stimulus package will play a critical role in creating jobs to plan and deliver this infrastructure to assist with the recovery of the state’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Swansea Channel is first in line for dredging as part of this program, which will free up space in the channel for the local recreational and commercial boating community.

“Once further investigation work has been completed, the full program and timeline for the work will be communicated to the local community.”

 

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