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Dredging of Brunswick Heads harbour needed

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Byron shire’s mayor and councillors are opposing the dredging of the Brunswick Heads boat harbour, why?
One reason put forward on the local news Sunday evening was if you dredge the boat harbour you will stir up the contaminates. Dredging removes contaminates.
The fact is the whole Brunswick river system needs dredging. Rivers purge themselves during high flow periods as the Brunswick River would have done for years.
Once the rock spur walls were built and the rock walls at the mouth of the river were constructed the effect they have had is to restrict the water velocity in the river during high flow periods.
The effect of this is that solids in the water which normally would remain in suspension settle out because of the lack of velocity of the water this causes siltation.
The effects of siltation are visible right back up the Brunswick River where you can see land being reclaimed by the river during high flow periods. This will continue to happen until the river is dredged.
I would like the elected councillors to give their reasons for refusing the dredging of the boat harbour and the Brunswick River or will the councillors employ consultants to supply them with the answer?
Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

 


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