Dredging works underway in Yunderup Channel

Yunderup Channel.
Yunderup Channel.

DREDGING works are underway in the Yunderup Channel to ensure a suitable channel depth is maintained for vessels accessing the canals.

Murray Shire chief executive Dean Unsworth said the works were expected to last 15 weeks, subject to favourable weather conditions, and would not impact on channel users.

But he cautioned users to respect the presence of the dredge operators and avoid any movements that could interfere with operations.

CGC Dredge Contractors have been engaged by the council and will employ cutter suction dredge techniques and in-estuary disposal.

Mr Unsworth said work would be carried out in accordance with the Dredge Management Plan prepared to support the works approval process.

“Careful consideration determined the optimal timing for the works to lessen the environmental impact, specifically avoiding the December-March period when migrating sea and shore birds are at their greatest diversity and abundance and being a favourable period for seagrass growth,’’ he said.

The Yunderup Channel is 3000 metres long and designed to accommodate vessels up to eight metres long with a 0.8 metres draught below water level.

The maintenance dredge program is typically required every 10 years.

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