Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is set to undertake dredging works to maximise the recreational benefits of lower Lake Cathie. Dredging works to deepen the lake and enhance the sand dunes south of the lake will commence in late July.
Director of Development and Environment Matt Rogers said that the works would involve dredging sand from the lake and pumping the material via a pipeline to the beach where the material would be used to replenish the beach in front of Illaroo Road.
“The dredging contractor is expected to be transporting equipment to the site and start arranging pipes between the lake and Illaroo Road from Wednesday 23 July,” Mr Rogers said. “The dredge will be launched from the boat ramp on the western side of Ocean Drive and access to the ramp will be restricted for a short time whilst the dredge is launched.”
Council has advised that access to lower parts of the lake and lighthouse beach will be reduced during the works and requests the public to stay clear of the area during this time.
Completion of the dredging works, valued at $297,345, is expected by mid-September, prior to the school holidays. The project is jointly funded through the NSW State Government’s Rescuing our Waterways Program and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
Press Release, July 21, 2014