Dredg­ing work still to be­gin

The Observer - - NEWS - — Chris Lees

WORK to dredge the Boyne River and make it safer still has not be­gun.

How­ever, it is get­ting closer.

In Fe­bru­ary the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced $1.5 mil­lion would be spent on the long-awaited Boyne River dredg­ing project.

There will be 12,000 cu­bic me­tres of sed­i­ment re­moved from the mouth of the river, across a 15m wide chan­nel.

Glad­stone Ports Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter O’Sul­li­van said the project would go a long way to­wards im­prov­ing ac­cess and safety for those out on the wa­ter.

“The build-up of sed­i­ment, par­tic­u­larly over the past six years, has made ac­cess dif­fi­cult and at times danger­ous,” he said.

“This project will en­sure there’s a clear­ance of at least half a me­tre at all tides.”

Ten­ders for the project have closed and are now be­ing eval­u­ated.

In a state­ment GPC said the project would be sub­ject to a com­pre­hen­sive ap­provals process.

When the an­nounce­ment was made, users wel­comed the news, say­ing the river could be danger­ous.

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