After dredging carried out prior to Christmas to ensure better boat access to Fishery Creek, Ballina boat harbour will now see the removal of the final bags of dredge sediment. The bagged sediment has now dried out sufficiently for removal over the next 12 weeks and the site will then be rehabilitated.
‘This project supports local and regional economies by maintaining safe access for the commercial fishing fleet and recreational and commercial boaters that operate out of the harbour,’ said Ben Franklin, Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW.
The work will also involve the removal and disposal of the geotextile bags, water containment system, sediment erosion controls and sand bags.
Mr Franklin said when the sediment has been removed the site will be levelled and sprayed with a mixture of grass seeds and mulch material to restore the green area.
‘The dredging project was successfully completed in 2016 and the sediments removed have been de-watering on-site in large geotextile bags but it is now time for the sediments to be disposed and the site rehabilitated,’ Mr Franklin said.
The dredging and sediment removal work is funded under the NSW Government’s ‘Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast’ program.