$3m to im­prove In­let

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas boat har­bour users are set for bet­ter boat­ing ac­cess with the State Govern­ment award­ing a con­tract worth nearly $3 mil­lion to start dredg­ing works.

Main Roads and Ports Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley an­nounced that Queens­land dredg­ing con­trac­tors, Hall Con­tract­ing , had won the con­tract to im­prove nav­i­ga­tional ac­cess for the har­bour.

“About 50,000 cu­bic me­tres of sed­i­ment from the har­bour en­trance and in­ter­nal ac­cess chan­nels will be re­moved, nearly enough to fill 20 Olympic pools”, Mr Bai­ley said.

“De­tailed mod­el­ling sug­gests that re­align­ing and widen­ing the mouth of the en­trance tun­nel should re­duce the fre­quency of main­te­nance dredg­ing by up to 50 per­cent, caus­ing less dis­rup­tion to har­bour users and sav­ing sig­nif­i­cant amounts for Queens­land tax­pay­ers.”

“Wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing will take place through­out the works, to en­sure nearby sen­si­tive habi­tats are not im­pacted by the dredg­ing

“This is a ma­jor win for North Queens­land boat users, and a demon­stra­tion of the Palaszczuk Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to the re­gion. Once fin­ished, boat­ies will have eas­ier and safer ac­cess to the har­bour,” Min­is­ter Bai­ley said. Mr Bai­ley urged all boat har­bour users to take care around the dredge ves­sels and pipe­line while the works are com­pleted.

The five-month dredg­ing project is be­ing funded through the Palaszczuk Govern­ment’s Marine In­fra­struc­ture Fund. Work is ex­pected to start in early Novem­ber fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of a pipe­line to re­move ma­te­rial to a re­han­dling fa­cil­ity along­side the ri­fle range on the Cook High­way.

This an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the Govern­ment re­cently an­nounced it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing an up­grade to the Newell Beach boat ramp. Sed­i­ment sam­pling and plant map­ping have be­gun at Newell Beach.


The Hall Con­tract­ing dredge in Port Dou­glas in 2006

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