RESTORATION dredging works at the Boyne River in Gladstone have been completed, allowing for vessels safe passage through the mouth of the river at all times, Gladstone Ports Corporation recently announced.
The project began after floods in 2011 and 2013, which caused significant shoaling at the channel entrance.
GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan said more than 30,000 cubic metres of material had been removed over the past eight months.
“The original plan was to restore the river entrance depths to 0.5 metres below low water datum,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“This was reviewed and the decision was made to fully restore the depth to 1 metre resulting in an increase of sediment being removed from the mouth.”
The dredging project was funded by the Queensland government through the Department of Transport and main Roads.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the project was completed without any impact on the surrounding marine environs.
“The project was undertaken in a way that diligently considered and minimised impacts on both the community and the environment,” Mr Butcher said.
“Boat users in the area now have unrestricted access to the Boyne River, improving safety and navigation.”