Salty Lagoon in rehab
THE Salty Lagoon rehabilitation project started this week with the closing of the artificial channel.
The channel, linking Salty Lagoon and Salty Creek, will be closed on a trial basis over a five- year period, in a bid to return the lagoon to a more natural ecosystem, the council's director of works, Gary Murphy said.
Mr Murphy said the lagoon's ecosystem- monitoring program had provided the scientific information needed to show the potential benefits of closing the channel.
Richmond Valley Council has contracted Dredging Systems Pty Ltd to carry out the works which require an excavator to tow an amphibious dredge to Salty Creek via Airforce Beach.
The dredge will self-launch into the creek.
A series of floating pipes to transport sand from the beach to the artificial channel will be installed and then the filling works will start.
It is expected the works will be completed within two weeks.
The project's effectiveness will be monitored over the five-year trial period.
The Bandjalang women, working through the Minyumai Land Holding Aboriginal Corporation, will undertake revegetation once works are completed..
Beach-users are advised to take care near the works.