The State Government has announced a $3.5 million upgrade to the jetty of the Gold Coast Seaway’s Sand Bypass System.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the upgrade will allow the jetty to safely accommodate mobile cranes that carry out future maintenance for the sand bypass operations.
“The upgrade work to the jetty will see the replacement of the concrete deck with additional support beams to provide a strong, stable and safe platform for the cranes,” Mr Bailey said.
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“The Gold Coast Seaway was the world’s first permanent sand bypassing system and this investment future-proofs operations and ensures a safe, navigable entrance through the Seaway is protected.”
Work is scheduled to start in early-2019, with an anticipated completion date of December 2019.
During this time, Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chief Executive Officer, Hal Morris says public access to the jetty and the beach below it will be restricted.
“I would like to thank jetty and beach users for their patience while we carry out this work. This is a much-loved area and I want to assure users we will be doing all we can to keep disruption to a minimum,” Mr Morris said.
“We will be undertaking comprehensive engagement work prior to work starting and progress updates, including any local impacts, will be available on Gold Coast Waterways Authority’s website and Facebook page.”
The sand bypass system operates through ten jet pumps which help keep the Seaway clear by moving over 500,000m³ of sand every year. The jet pumps require regular maintenance which can only be undertaken by lifting them by a crane from the sea bed.
$3.3m to upgrade Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass System in Pakaszczuk Labor Govt budget to keep seaway clear. Fab to visit this morn with Assistant Minister @meaghan_scanlon & GCoast Waterways Authority CEO Hal Morris @GCBulletin @abcgoldcoast @1029 @9NewsGoldCoast @7NewsGoldCoast pic.twitter.com/8BPP9igXsp
— Mark Bailey MP (@MarkBaileyMP) June 18, 2018