Dredging to begin in Evans River

DREDGING will start this week on the Evans River and boat harbour at Evans Head.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the NSW Government contributed more than $550,000 toward the Evans Head dredging project. 

"The works are funded under the NSW Government's Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast program which supports commercial fishing fleets and leisure boating through navigational dredging," he said.

"Maintaining access to coastal river entrances and harbours is vital to regional economies and this program focuses on work between Forster and Tweed Heads with provision of work at other locations.

"The work at Evans Head was due to commence this week (22 June) to dredge 18,000 cubic metres of clean marine sand from the Evans River navigation channel that will be used to renourish the beach area between the Evans River northern breakwater and the Beach Street carpark.

"Another 2,000 cubic metres of sediment will be dredged from the boat harbour and pumped into geotextile bags. "

Once dewatered, the sediment will then be transported offsite to a licensed landfill facility.

"The dredging contract for the $564,225 project was awarded to National Dredging Services, a local company based in Yamba," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The dredging at Iluka Harbour to improve navigable safety from the Clarence River through to the Iluka Boat Harbour is due to commence next week (29 June).

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