Bandy Creek dredging on the way

Work will begin this week to clear a build-up of sand at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour at Esperance.

BMT Group photo

The $1.5 million biennial maintenance dredging project will see around 60,000 cubic metres of material extracted restoring channel depths at the entrance to the harbour and reducing the sand trap adjacent to the eastern breakwater to improve navigation and safety.

The dredged material will be pumped about one kilometre east of the harbour to maintain the natural coastal processes interrupted by the breakwaters.

As part of the 2021 dredging campaign the Department of Transport (DoT) worked with the Shire of Esperance to trial the pumping of dredged material to widen Castletown Beach via a 3.6km temporary pipeline.

Following the successful trial, $750,000 from DoT’s Hotspot Coastal Adaptation and Protection grant scheme was allocated to implement a permanent, buried, pipeline to pump dredged material to Castletown Beach in future campaigns.

Work on the pipeline is expected to be completed later this year.

The upcoming dredging has seen close consultation with the local community including cultural heritage training with Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation.