Dredgers to widen mouth of Murchison
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.