Dredgers to widen mouth of Murchison

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

About 60,000 cu­bic me­tres of sand will be scooped out of the mouth of the Murchison River in Kal­barri over the next four months.

The $600,000 dredg­ing project will widen the en­trance chan­nel to the Murchison River to make nav­i­ga­tion safer for com­mer­cial and recre­ational boat op­er­a­tors.

About 10,000 cu­bic me­tres of sand will be added to Chi­na­mans Beach, and a fur­ther 5000 cu­bic me­tres will be spread on the fore­shore area, north-east of the marine res­cue boat ramp.

The re­main­ing 45,000 cu­bic me­tres of dredged ma­te­rial will be de­posited about one kilo­me­tre north of the river mouth.

Depart­ment of Trans­port coastal in­fra­struc­ture gen­eral man­ager Steve Jenk­ins said the dredged sand would be dis­coloured for a few weeks un­til sun-bleach­ing.

Beach­go­ers and skip­pers op­er­at­ing in the area ad­vised to visit the Trans­port WA web­site for in­for­ma­tion on dredg­ing and safety: www.trans­port.wa.gov.au/ima­rine/mid-west-tntm.asp.

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