Pacific Harbour dredging set for next year

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, is getting ready for the next year’s Pacific Harbour dredging project.

Council’s decision today means work can get underway to obtain the state government approvals required for the removal of 75,000 m3 of material from the canal bed and transport it to a processing facility at Ningi.

According to Mayor, Peter Flannery, tenders will be released later this year, to start dredging in 2022.

“Construction will involve installing a temporary pipeline, with several booster pumping stations, across Pumicestone Passage to pump the spoil directly from Pacific Harbour to Ningi,” he said.

“Using the cutter suction dredge and temporary pipeline option, the duration of dredging will be around 28 weeks, which is significantly shorter than the estimated 51 weeks if we’d used a grab dredge and trucks,” he added.

The Council will now prepare environmental management and safety plans for the state government’s review so, if all goes well, they will be ready to start the work in early 2022.

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