Dredging in the Lower Myall River is a month into the 27 week project with 27,000 cubic metres of sand removed from the eastern channel.

The project aims to improve navigation through the channel for boat users. Excess sand will supplement the Winda Woppa stockpile, to combat erosion via the sand transfer system.

Weather conditions for dredging have been very favourable since works commenced on site, and the dredging team have been working long days to maintain production targets of around 1,000 cubic metres per day," explained Andrew Staniland, MidCoast Council’s Coastal Management Coordinator.

Production is being only mildly impacted by blockages caused by timber and sticks that are within the channel floor, which is to be expected.”

While the total cost of the project is $1.7million, Council successfully received $850,000 in funding through the NSW Government’s ‘Rescuing Our Waterways’ program, to cover half of the costs.

A total of 120,000 cubic metres of sand will be removed from the channel over the 27 weeks of the project.

We’re pleased to see the water quality of the discharge from the dewatering site is excellent," Andrew added.

The next stage for us to consider is when to begin the scheduled re-nourishment of Jimmys Beach, another facet of this project.”

The dredge is set to demobilise in October, weather and conditions permitting.

For further information and to stay up to date with this and other dredging projects, head to Council’s website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/dredging