The iconic Brunswick Heads footbridge across the Brunswick River.
The iconic Brunswick Heads footbridge across the Brunswick River. Christian Morrow

Dredging of North Coast waterways to be over by Christmas

THE $2.3m North Coast dredging campaign, funded by the NSW government, will wrap up in time for Christmas, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said.

Mr Gulaptis said the project successfully reinstated safe navigable depths for boaters at a number of waterways.

"Dredging campaigns were conducted at the Evans River and boat harbour, the approach to the Iluka boat harbour, Brunswick River and boat harbour, Lower Tweed River and Terranora Inlet," he said.

"All dredging has been completed, except at Iluka.

"At Evans Head Main Beach the Department of Primary Industries - Lands is working with Richmond Valley Council to remove debris such as oyster shells resulting from beach sand re-nourishment.  

"At Brunswick Heads 1,000 cubic metres of material that was pumped out of the boat harbour into contained geotextile bags will remain at the boat harbour site over Christmas to allow for the material to dry.

Mr Gulaptis said the material will be removed from the site after the school holidays.

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

"The NSW Government invested over $2.3 million in the North Coast dredging campaigns.

"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."



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