Dredger Port Frederick at the Tweed River mouth.
Dredger Port Frederick at the Tweed River mouth. Blainey Woodham

Dredging started on river mouth

TRAWLER skippers crossing the Tweed bar have it a little easier getting to work.

The 49-metre Port Frederick started dredging the mouth of the Tweed River this week on a seven day dredging program.

The dredge was working most of the morning Monday before returning to port until late January.

Marine Rescue Point Danger commander Bernie Gabriel said the dredging of the mouth was a regular program to clear the river mouth.

"The bar at the moment is not too bad," Mr Gabriel said.

"The problem has been the depth of water but by curling north it has been passable.

"It's just a matter of knowing the right thing to do. We are advising boaties to head north from the entrance."

Mr Gabriel said the dredge was taking some of the sand off the far corner of the sandbar.

"It's always the same every year with just a constant build up of sand," he said.

"It reaches the stage when trawler operators can't cross without danger because of the water drawn by their trawlers."

Mr Gabriel said that boaties needed to keep their distance from the MV Port Frederick while it was working at the river's mouth.

NSW Department of Lands was unavailable for comment on the dredging program.

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