The sand bypassing maintenance is necessary to prevent sand from the Tern Island sand bar depositing in the Bent Street boat ramp navigation channel. This will enable the continued safe navigation for vessels travelling between the Bent Street boat ramp and Warnbro Sound. The works are located within the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and the Tern Island C Class Nature Reserve.
The works will be undertaken by cutter suction dredge with approximately 25,000m3 of sand being dredged from the end of the Tern Island Sand Bar. The dredged material will be pumped by submerged pipes 800m east to replenish the foreshores to the east of Donald Drive Boat Ramp adjacent to Safety Bay Road, Safety Bay.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the navigation channel and boat launching facility would remain open throughout the project.
“These works are essential to the ongoing maintenance of the navigation channel and meeting safety needs of boat owners, maintaining safe navigation to the deeper waters of Warnbro Sound,” he said.
Dredging operational hours will be 6am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am - 2pm Saturday.
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