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Dredging at Werribee River to begin which will allow for safer boating access

Thursday 29 November, 2018


27 November 2018: Parks Victoria will commence maintenance dredging in and around Werribee River entrance this week to ensure safer access for vessels.

Natural sand build up in the river has created a hazard for recreational and commercial boat operators.

The dredge will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre during the dredging operations and all vessel operators are reminded to observe the marks on the dredge and pass safely on the side showing two black diamonds.

Vessel operators are advised to exercise caution during the dredging process and are also reminded to observe the 5-knot speed limit in the vicinity of the dredge.

Freshly dredged sand contains organic material, mostly seaweed, giving it a dark colour and sometimes a mild odour.  Visitors to the beach should not be concerned as the sand is tested on a regular basis. Access to some areas of the beach may be restricted while the works are in progress.

Maintenance dredging at Werribee River entrance will run for 1 week from 28 November, depending upon weather and was last carried out in May 2017. Work will be carried out in collaboration with the City of Wyndham.

For more information about the dredging at Werribee River entrance, call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au .

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Local Ports and Waterways Senior Manager, Victor Teoh:

“The dredging works form part of Parks Victoria’s ongoing maintenance program to ensure the continuation of safe boating access within Port Phillip and Western Port.”

“The dredged material is predominantly sand and will be placed on shore north east of the River entrance, as a replication of the natural coastal processes and improvement to recreational amenity.”

“While the dredged sand may look and smell mildly 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.”


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David Clay
0497 555 192

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