Shoalhaven City Council is calling on the local community to have their say regarding the Review of Environmental Factor (REF) reports into a number of proposed dredging works across the City.
Council received a NSW State Government grant for $708,000 through the Rescuing our Waterways program to undertake dredging works at Currambene Creek, Conjola Lake and Sussex Inlet Channel.
The proposed works also include storage and transport of sand, the placement of sand at Callala and Mollymook beaches and the construction of a training wall north of Blackwater Creek, Mollymook.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said the REF had been prepared to assess the potential environmental impacts of each individual project.
The Mayor said she was very pleased with the turnout and constructive feedback received during the recent community meetings held to discuss the REF.
“Council has proposed to undertake a number of dredging projects across the community after receiving a funding grant last year from the NSW State Government,” said Clr Gash.
“The recent community meetings held in Huskisson, Lake Conjola and Sussex Inlet provided staff an opportunity to explain the REF and dredging process while also answering questions and listening to comments from the crowd.
“With a lot of local residents making strong arguments both in support of and against dredging it is imperative that all concerned residents take the opportunity to read the REF and make a submission.”
“All submissions will be reported back to Council before being considered by Councillors when making a final determination on the REF. “
The Mayor said that the NSW State Government grant represented approximately 50 percent of the total project cost saying that Council will need to at least match the State Government contribution.
Mayor, Gash said that Council would seek to recoup part of the cost by selling excess sand to the industry.
The REF is on public exhibition until Wednesday 15 April 2015.
Hard copies are available for consultation during business hours at the Administrative Centres at Nowra and Ulladulla or an electronic copy can be downloaded from the ‘Documents on Exhibition’ page from Council’s website at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172