The Shoalhaven Citywide Dredging Feasibility study is
now complete and has formed the basis of four funding applications to the State
Government’s ‘Rescuing our Waterways’ Program.
Three of the four grant applications lodged on
Monday, 14th of April were for dredging activities at Sussex Inlet
Channel, Currambene Creek, and Lake Conjola. The fourth grant application proposes
to undertake a study to improve flows of the Shoalhaven River at Shoalhaven
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said “The
citywide dredging feasibility study provides sufficient information for Council
to progress dredging activities in the Shoalhaven. The study strikes the delicate
balance between environmental, economic and social considerations.”
Any dredging undertaken by Council would usually be
on a ‘one off’ basis as permanent dredging operations could cause significant
economic, environmental and social impacts. Due to the difficulty in predicting
how long the effects of the dredging will last, operations will need to be
repeated over time; however in some circumstances the benefits of the dredging can
last a few years.
“In addition to allocating $200,000 to match any
potential successful funding from the State Government, Council has also
allocated a further $200,000 in its 2014/15 budget to carry out further
investigations and community consultation to progress future partnerships with
private industry” Clr Gash said.
It is intended that Council will recoup some or all
of the costs when entering into an agreement with private operators to
undertake commercial operations in the future.
The study is now publicly available on Council’s
website at http://doc.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Displaydoc.aspx?Record=D14/93255
Enquiries regarding the study can be sent to Council
at PO box 42 Nowra, NSW 2541 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
attention Isabelle Ghetti, reference 47957E.