Ettalong Channel dredging set for August

Transport for NSW said that the new Ettalong Channel dredging program will take place in August.

“We are working towards obtaining the necessary approvals, including a Crown Lands licence to remove up to 30,000m3 of sand,” the officials said.

Ettalong Channel provides a key navigational entrance to Brisbane Waters used by recreational and commercial vessels, including the Palm Beach ferry service.

As a result of recent sand build-up in the channel, Ettalong ferry services have been suspended with these services terminating at Patonga Wharf.

Pending the necessary approvals, Transport for NSW will carry out maintenance dredging work, providing a 30-metre-wide channel allowing vessels with draft of up to 2.5 metre to navigate the channel.

“We are currently working on environmental approvals and licenses, for a 10-year maintenance dredging plan of the Ettalong Channel,” Transport for NSW said.

These campaigns will be subject to funding availability.