The new dredge facility at the Coomera river is expected to be operational by the end of the year, after a Gold Coast company won the contract for the $3 million build.
Acting Ports Minister, Steven Miles, is confident Surfers Paradise based Synergy Resource Management will look after the environment during the build.
“For many years the Coomera River could not be dredged in certain parts because of a lack of a cost effective and environmentally sound solution for disposal of the sediment,” he said.
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“The project will help minimise potential environmental impacts by managing the fine, silty mud found in the upper sections of the Coomera River that is not suitable for riverbank or beach replenishment.”
The $3 million facility will give certainty of access and safe navigation along the Coomera river for larger boats including multi-million dollar super yachts.
The Minister said the Gold Coast Marine Precinct is home to more than 100 businesses employing 2,500 people and important part of the Queensland economy.
Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chair, Mara Bún, said they worked with locals during the planning process and will continue to do so during the build.
“We are expecting the facility to be completed and ready for use by the end of the year. Then we can get on with the next important step of improving navigational access through our targeted dredging program,” said Ms Bún.
“All stakeholders share a common interest in ensuring safe navigational access and flood management to ensure public safety and amenity on the Gold Coast and its many waterways.”