Council has awarded a contract to begin undertaking technical investigations into the spoil composition of the Dungeness Enterprise Channel. The testing of the spoil composition is the first step needed to assess the feasibility of channel dredging.
Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Ramon Jayo said ‘dredging of the channel and creation of protection barriers is a priority for Council. The siltation of our coastal areas, including the channel, restricts vital boating access for both our residents and tourism operators to full and half tide periods only’.
‘Undertaking investigations into the spoil composition within the channel is a vital and necessary step in the total Environmental Application Process for a permit to interfere within a marine environment. The composition of the spoil will provide us with an indication of what we are dealing with and the process we will need to undertake to dredge.’
The contractor will undertake a geotechnical and Acid Sulphate Soil (ASS) investigation for the Dungeness Enterprise Channel.
‘It is essential that we address the all-tide access issue at Dungeness to protect our recreational lifestyle and current tourism infrastructure and businesses, to enable our district to reach its full tourism potential and to enable vital services, such as the Coast Guard to work without the restriction of tidal conditions’, Cr Jayo said.
The contract for the ‘Geotechnical Investigation for identification of Dredge Spoil Composition in the Dungeness Enterprise Channel’ was awarded to Jacobs Group for $82,898 excluding GST.
Image: Dungeness Enterprise Channel Dredging Survey Scope