Dredg­ing to be­gin in har­bour

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

ABOUT 35,000 cu­bic me­tres of sand is set to be dredged from the har­bour due to sil­ta­tion build-up.

Work will start soon and hope­fully fin­ish by the hol­i­day sea­son be­tween the in­ner and outer har­bour.

“This is a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, hap­pen­ing ev­ery cou­ple of years,” Coffs Har­bour MP An­drew Fraser said.

Sand build-up in the har­bour has been an is­sue since the har­bour was built and Mr Fraser said there would have to be a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion found at some stage.

“I had marine ge­ol­o­gists look at it around 27 years ago and most so­lu­tions of­fered are very ex­pen­sive,” Mr Fraser said.

He said the most ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion to him, but also the most ex­pen­sive, was to build another wall off the south wall so sand would be car­ried around Mut­ton­bird Is­land on the northerly drift.

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