Bermagui Harbour and Channel Dredging project
To recommence the Bermagui Harbour and Channel Dredging project, Transport for NSW is proposing to modify the existing Review of Environmental Factors titled Bermagui Boat Harbour and Entrance Channel Sediment Investigation (2016).
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) which now coordinates and manages the maritime functions of DPIE-Crown Lands through the Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office) is inviting public feedback on the new Addendum Review of Environmental Factors, 2021 (AREF) which addresses a new approach to aspects of the Bermagui Harbour and Channel Dredging project.
The project expects to dredge around 27,000 cubic metres of sand
What is happening now?
TfNSW is seeking community feedback on the AREF as part of project planning to ensure that it gives consideration to the local community’s needs.
TfNSW has already commenced consultation with Bega Valley Shire Council and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in regards to the deposition of clean marine sand from the channel of Bermagui River and the harbour entrance to Moorhead Beach.We have also met with some key stakeholders who had particular concerns about the project.
The new AREF addresses four key features of the project to be modified from the original plan:
- Long term storage of the 12,000m3 of Virgin Excavated Natural Materials (VENM) removed from Horseshoe Bay Beach in-situ in the stockpile area, rather than relocating material to Moorhead Beach as previously planned.
- Material dredged from inner harbour areas of Bermagui Harbour (Areas 3, 4 and 5) will be placed in bunded areas at the stockpile site and are to be tested and classified for reuse or waste.
- Materials dredged from Areas 2 and 6 to be used for beach nourishment by placing the excavated sand in the surf zone 50m offshore at Moorhead Beach
- We will manage the stockpile area for long-term storage of the dredge material according to the Stockpile Site Management Guidelines (TfNSW 2015).
The location of the stockpile site is shown in Figure 1. No change to this location is proposed. The work areas, including dredging areas, are shown in Figure 2.
- Approximately 6,000m3 of dredged sand (from Areas 1 and 6) which was placed on Horseshoe Bay Beach was removed from the beach and trucked to the stockpile
- This addendum REF will include long-term storage of the VENM materials (previously on Horseshoe Bay Beach) on the stockpile
- Only approximately half of Area 6 has been completed under previous works
- Areas 2, 3, 4 and 5 were not dredged under the previous works
- Once the stockpile has been adjusted the area will be setup with the dewatering equipment ready for the Harbour dredging works
- The remaining works on Area 6 will be hydraulically placed in the Moorhead Beach Surf Zone
- Area 2 will also be hydraulically placed in the Moorhead Beach Surf Zone.
The AREF was prepared by NGH Pty Ltd on behalf of TfNSW. For the purposes of these works, TfNSW is the proponent and the determining authority under Division 5.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
The original Bermagui Boat Harbour and Entrance Channel Sediment Investigation REF (Advisian, 2016) was not placed on public exhibition and was modified by the Bermagui Boat Harbour, Bermagui River and Entrance Channel Dredging addendum REF in 2020.
Therefore, this AAREF should be read in conjunction with the REF (Advisian, 2016), and the AREF (Blue Sky Planning, 2020).
Background and area profile
Bermagui Harbour provides berthing for a number of commercial fishing vessels supplying the Bermagui Fisherman’s Co-operative, many recreational boats, Marine Rescue NSW and also provides marine servicing and slipway facilities for the local area. The Entrance Channel provides the only access to the Bermagui River and harbour.
The most recent dredging campaign was undertaken in 2020 from Area 1 and part of Area 6. The material dredged from these areas was initially placed on Horseshoe Bay Beach as stated and assessed in the Project REF and AREF. Approximately 12,000m3 was subsequently removed from the beach and is stored in the designated stockpile area west of the harbour.
Before this dredging campaign, the harbour was dredged in 2002. Materials from within the harbour were pumped to a bunded disposal site immediately west of the slipway. Clean sands from the Entrance Channel were used for the renourishment of Moorhead Beach.
How can I respond?
The AREF will be on public display from Friday 4 March until Monday 4 April 2022.
Two public information sessions will be held, where you can come along and talk directly to the project team. These will be held at the Bermagui Community Centre Hall at the following times:
- Thursday 24 March 2022 from 6pm-8pm
- Saturday 26 March 2022 from 2pm-4pm
The REF documents (including the previous REFs, AREF and the new current AREF) can be accessed in the following ways:
- Viewed or downloaded from our web page (scan the QR Code on the back page of this notification to access).
- Read (in hard copy) at the Bermagui Library at 3-5 Bunga St, Bermagui NSW 2546 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-5pm.
- Read (in hard copy) at Maritime head office at 33 James Craig Road, Rozelle NSW 2039 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm.
If you wish to comment on the proposal, send your comments by 28 March 2022:
- Via email to BermaguiDredging@transport.nsw.gov.au
- Via post to: Bermagui Dredging Project, Transport for NSW Maritime, 33 James Craig Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
If you require more information on this project or the feedback process please:
Phone: 1800 878 917