Clifton Springs harbour in need of dredging

The City of Greater Geelong is seeking approval to undertake further maintenance dredging on the Clifton Springs harbour as soon as possible.

Clifton Springs has a relatively shallow harbour, located in an area of natural sand and seagrass deposition, particularly after winter/spring storms.

“This year, more sand and seagrass than normal has washed in to the harbour, which has seen us recently complete one of our largest ever dredging operations in the area,” the city said.

A large amount of seagrass debris and associated sediments is already refilling the dredged channels, making it difficult for vessels to access or leave the harbour at lower tide levels.

“Vessel operators have been notified of the conditions via Maritime Safety and Boating Vic, as well as signs placed at the harbour,” the city said.

In the meantime, vessel users are asked to take extra care at the entrance.