MidCoast Council's $1.7 million dredging operation in the Lower Myall River, aimed at improving navigation for boat users, is one schedule.
One month in to the 27 week project, 27,000 cubic metres of sand has been removed from the eastern channel so far. This excess sand will also benefit the Jimmys Beach community by supplementing the Winda Woppa stockpile, to help combat erosion via the sand transfer system.
"Weather conditions for dredging have been very favourable since works commenced on site, and the dredging team have been working long days to maintain production targets of around 1,000 cubic metres per day," council's coastal management coordinator Andrew Staniland said.
"Production is being only mildly impacted by blockages caused by timber and sticks (on) the channel floor, which is to be expected."
Council has received $850,000 in funding through the NSW Government's 'Rescuing Our Waterways' program, to cover half of the costs.
A total of 120,000 cubic metres of sand will be removed from the channel over the 27 weeks of the project.
"We're pleased to see the water quality of the discharge is excellent," Andrew said.
"The next stage for us to consider is when to begin the scheduled re-nourishment of Jimmys Beach, another facet of this project."
The dredge is set to demobilise in October, weather and conditions permitting.
For further information and to stay up to date with this and other dredging projects, head to council's website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/dredging
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