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Swansea Channel dredging now underway

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In good news for local and visiting boaters, stage two of dredging is now underway on the Swansea Channel.

During the first phase of the project in January, almost 16,700 cubic metres of sand was removed from three areas to create a 30-metre-wide waterway.

That extended from the Dog Leg southeast of Elizabeth Island up to the Drop Over northwest of the Swan Bay Entrance.

Now, a further 13,000 cubic metres of sand is slated to be eradicated.

It’ll be removed from the Drop Over, Swan Bay entrance and Dog Leg over the coming weeks.

Dredging is expected to be completed in July, provided there are no delays, with the sand being placed on Elizabeth Island.

“This is the second of a two-stage campaign funded by the NSW Government last year,” Swansea MP Yasmin Catley said at Marks Point during the week.

“These works follow a successful first round of dredging, which saw 16,690 cubic metres of sand removed from the three areas.

“Work is continuing on a 10-year strategy to ensure timely, regular dredging is conducted and allow the dredged sand to be used to revitalise Blacksmiths Beach.

“This [action] clearly demonstrates a shift in the approach to dredging under the Labor government with proactive dredging taking place before the Swansea Channel becomes unnavigable.

“I’m sure this latest campaign will be welcomed by the community.

“I look forward to working with Minister Jo Haylen in advancing the 10-year dredging strategy to deliver long-term certainty for Lake Macquarie boaters.”

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