Safer boating access at St Kilda Pier Inner Landing
Thursday 28 September, 2017
Parks Victoria will commence maintenance dredging at St Kilda Pier Inner Landing following natural sand build up which has created a hazard for recreational and commercial boat operators.
From October 9, the dredged material will be placed on shore, replicating the natural coastal processes and renourish adjacent beaches for recreational amenity.
Freshly dredged material contains organic material, mostly seaweed which gives the sand a dark colour and mild odour. Visitors to the beach should not be concerned as the sand is tested on a regular basis and returns to a normal colour and smell after a few days in the sun.
Mariners are advised to exercise caution during the dredging process and are reminded to observe the 5 knot speed limit in the channel and in the vicinity of the dredge.
The dredge has restricted manoeuvrability during dredging operations. Vessel operators are reminded to observe the marks on the dredge and pass safely on side showing two black diamonds.
Dredging at St Kilda Pier Inner Landing was last carried out in September 2016 and will run for up to 6 days subject to favourable weather and conditions.
For more information about the dredging at St Kilda Pier Inner Landing, contact the Parks Victoria information Centre on 13 1963.
The following is attributable to Parks Victoria Senior Manager Local Ports & Waterways, Victor Teoh:
“The works form part of Parks Victoria’s ongoing dredging program to ensure safe boating access across Port Phillip and Western Port.”
“While the dredged sand may look and a mild smell unpleasant when it first comes out of the water, after a few days exposure to the air and sun, the sand will bleach to the normal colour and lose the odour.”
Media enquiriesJarred Parsons
Parks Victoria media centre