Ettalong Dredging Continues, Ferry Services to Resume Soon

Ferry services between Wagstaffe, Ettalong and Palm Beach could resume in a matter of weeks, if not days, according to Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch.

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In a speech to the NSW Parliament, Mr Crouch said: “It hopes to resume permanent services as quickly as possible.”

“To date, around 15,000 cubic meters of sand has been removed.

Ferry operator Fantasea Cruising completed a trial run in the Ettalong Channel on September 25.

“The current dredging is being completed to provide the ferry service and recreational vessels with permanent and safe access to the channel,” Mr Crouch said.

”I must emphasize that it will be the ferry operator’s decision when to resume services.” 

He also added that a second successful trial by Fantasea Cruising was completed in the Ettalong Channel on Friday, September 28. The ferry operator recommended further dredging of Lobster Beach to create additional depth and width of the navigational channel.

Fantasea Cruising has advised that it will not recommence passenger services until this additional dredging is completed and a third trial can be done, according to Mr Crouch.