Dredging of Swansea Channel underway
Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay announced work was now underway on a $2.5 million dredging project to boost safety for boaters using Swansea Channel.
Mr Humphries said the work would provide a more reliable navigation access through the channel to make life safer and easier for the thousands of boaties who use the popular waterway every week.
“The project, due for completion early next year, will deliver a channel 60 metres wide and 3.5 metres deep, which will cater for most Lake Macquarie boaters.
“The dredging will provide an improved navigation channel to ensure boaters have safe access over the holiday season,” Mr Humphries said.
“This is a busy waterway used by around 18,000 boats, with more than 25,000 boats expected to use the lake by 2020.
“This is all about improving access and creating more certainty around the channel’s navigability so boaties are kept safe and more inclined to use these waterways in the future. We anticipate that the project will boost the local economy by up to $3.7 million a year.
“A pipeline has been set up along the water’s edge to transport the dredged sand to Blacksmith’s beach for the rebuilding of dunes.
“As a result, a short portion of Blacksmiths Beach will be closed for around 10 weeks while the work takes place.”
Minister Gay said the dredging project had been made possible through a funding arrangement between NSW Trade & Investment Crown Lands and Transport for NSW.
“We have worked closely with local community on this project and I’m pleased we are now getting on with the job of delivering for the people of Lake Macquarie,” Mr Gay said.
“The NSW Government is committed to maintaining safe boating access along the NSW Coast which is why I’m delighted to announce a further $1 million in funding for other important coastal dredging projects across the state as part of our ‘Rescuing our Waterways’ program.”
“We have also committed $14 million per year for the next five years to upgrade boating infrastructure across the state, including the Lake Macquarie region, as part of the ‘NSW Boating Now’ program, all in the name of keeping our waterways safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy.”