Clean up makes for safe har­bour

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

SKIP­PERS will find it eas­ier to nav­i­gate waters at Ocean Reef Boat Har­bour fol­low­ing re­cent main­te­nance works.

The De­part­ment of Trans­port has spent $270,000 re­mov­ing 5000 cu­bic me­tres of sed­i­ment from the en­trance chan­nel, near-shore ar­eas and around the boat ramps.

Mar­itime plan­ning act­ing di­rec­tor Donna West said the five-week dredg­ing cam­paign had re­stored depths at the fa­cil­ity to the cor­rect lev­els and sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved safety for users.

The project had been es­ti­mated to cost $300,000 and take up to two months.

She said the project was helped by the un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion of skip­pers and beach go­ers who abided by the re­stric­tions and spe­cial ar­range­ments in place dur­ing the work.

“The work at the har­bour is an im­por­tant part of the de­part­ment’s reg­u­lar main­te­nance dredg­ing pro­gram along the WA coast­line and pro­vides on­go­ing safe ac­cess to and from the fa­cil­ity,” Ms West said.

As part of the works, a cut­ter suc­tion dredge was used to hy­drauli­cally pump sed­i­ment to the dis­posal site area lo­cated north-east of the boat har­bour.

Test­ing con­firmed the dredge ma­te­rial could be safely de­posited on the al­lo­cated dis­posal site.

The site will be capped with mulch to help pre­vent wind-blown sands.

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