Murray Dredging Program Continues

The Murray Mouth will remain open to boating traffic over the Easter period and beyond, while dredging operations continue in the area.

Dredging started in early January to keep the Mouth open and maintain connectivity between the river and the Southern Ocean.

During dredging operations there have been some changes to public access to the Mouth. At times, restrictions on passage may apply along Sir Richard and Younghusband Peninsula next to the Mouth.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Water Resource Operations manager Jarrod Eaton, said following consultation with the local community and Goolwa and surrounding tourism representatives, SA Water, DEWNR and the dredging contractor have planned works to allow the Mouth to remain open to boating traffic for Easter.

We are attempting to minimize disruption to boat operators, and hope to continue to provide ongoing access to the Mouth,” Mr Eaton said.

However there are exclusion zones in the Tauwitchere and Goolwa channels. These are marked by a line of yellow buoys. Access within these buoyed areas is restricted as two dredges are operating there 24 hours per day.

“The northern tip of Younghusband Peninsula in the Coorong National Park also remains closed. Signage has been installed at boat ramps, along the beach, and in other public places to inform people of any changes to access.

“We ask that boat operators and other people in the area obey all signage and stay away from exclusions zones around dredging operations in the interests of their own safety,” concluded Eaton.

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