Dredging at Werribee River to provide safer boating access

Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Parks Victoria will commence maintenance dredging in and around Werribee River entrance next week, following natural sand build up which has created a hazard for recreational and commercial boat operators.

“The works form part of Parks Victoria’s ongoing dredging program to ensure the continuation of safe boating access within Port Phillip and Western Port” said Senior Manager, Local Ports and Waterways, Victor Teoh.

“The dredged material is predominantly sand and will be placed on the beach east of the channel, replicating the natural coastal processes and improvement to recreational amenity.” said Mr Teoh.

Mr Teoh added that the freshly dredged material contains organic material, mostly seaweed, which gives the sand a dark colour and odour. Visitors to the beach should not be concerned as the sand is tested on a regular basis.

“While the dredged sand may look and smell mildly unpleasant when it first comes out of the water, after a few days exposure to the air and sun, the sand will bleach to the normal colour and lose the odour.” Mr Teoh said.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution during the dredging process and are also reminded to observe the 5 knot speed limit in the channel and in the vicinity of the dredge. The dredge will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre during the dredging operations and all vessel operators are reminded to observe the marks on the dredge and pass safely on side showing two black diamonds.

Maintenance dredging at Werribee River was last carried out in 2015 and will run for the next 3 weeks, depending upon weather.

For more information about the dredging at Werribee River, contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.


Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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