Dredging to clear Tweed Bar
MARINE Rescue has welcomed the announcement of an upcoming Tweed River dredging project, but has urged boaties to remember the Tweed Bar will always pose a risk.
Marine Rescue Point Danger commander Glenda Ashby said the dredging would remove sand build-up over coming weeks, helping to make navigation channels safer.
“The Tweed Bar is getting very dangerous,” Ms Ashby said.
“The sand has come right round to the entrance of the bar.”
She expected the dredging to help, but said the Tweed Bar was still risky and urged boaties who were unfamiliar with the channel to watch others cross it before going out to sea.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the floating dredge Port Frederick would remove about 21,000 cubic metres of sand from the river mouth.
“Thanks to the success of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project, this is a relatively small (project),” Mr Provest said.
He said the dredging, an initiative of the NSW and Queensland governments, with help from the Tweed and Gold Coast councils, would see sand deposited evenly in an offshore area near Point Danger over a three-week period.
“The works will improve navigational safety for commercial fishers and other commercial operators and recreational boaters who use the Tweed River entrance,” Mr Provest said.