Parks Victoria will begin 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.
According to Mr 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.
“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 color and lose the odor,” said Mr Teoh.
Maintenance dredging at Werribee River was last carried out in 2015 and will run for the next 3 weeks, depending upon weather.