A $2.5 million dredging campaign for the Coomera River is due to start in April 2023 and will deepen the Coomera River channel to improve navigation.

The project is delivered through the Gold Coast Waterways Management Program 2022‐26.

Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, said, “Over time, sand and sediment are deposited, forming shoals in the rivers and waterways which may inhibit access or be a safety issue.

“This dredging will remove shoaling in the navigation channel from Sovereign Islands to the Hope Harbour entrance.”

The Coomera River is the primary access way in South East Queensland for a wide variety of commercial, industrial, residential, and recreational waterway users.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said it’s great news for recreational users and for the Marine Precinct businesses who rely on access to the Coomera River and connection to the Broadwater via this channel.

The Queensland Government will be delivering almost $5.2 billion worth of road and transport infrastructure projects across the Gold Coast and surrounding areas up until 2027.

Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chief Executive Officer, Chris Derksema, said the dredging of the Coomera River channel is maintenance we undertake every two years under the Waterways Management Program

“We’re committed to maintaining open and safe access for all waterways users. Two dredges will be working simultaneously to ensure minimal disruption during this campaign,” Mr Derksema said.

“Reusing the sand is an extra benefit of the project. Approximately 35,000m2 of sand from downstream of Sanctuary Cove will aid sand nourishment at northern Gold Coast beaches.” 

Sediment which is unsuitable to be used on the beach will be transferred via a pipeline for processing at the Coomera dredged sediment management facility.

The Coomera River channel dredging project is expected to be completed by late June 2023.

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