SKIPPERS will find it easier to navigate waters at Ocean Reef Boat Harbour following recent maintenance works.
The Department of Transport has spent $270,000 removing 5000 cubic metres of sediment from the entrance channel, near-shore areas and around the boat ramps.
Maritime planning acting director Donna West said the five-week dredging campaign had restored depths at the facility to the correct levels and significantly improved safety for users.
The project had been estimated to cost $300,000 and take up to two months.
She said the project was helped by the understanding and cooperation of skippers and beach goers who abided by the restrictions and special arrangements in place during the work.
“The work at the harbour is an important part of the department’s regular maintenance dredging program along the WA coastline and provides ongoing safe access to and from the facility,” Ms West said.
As part of the works, a cutter suction dredge was used to hydraulically pump sediment to the disposal site area located north-east of the boat harbour.
Testing confirmed the dredge material could be safely deposited on the allocated disposal site.
The site will be capped with mulch to help prevent wind-blown sands.