Watch out for waterway works

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DREDGING works will commence this week around the entrance of Mordialloc Creek in order to provide safer access for boats.

Parks Victoria, who will be carrying out the works, said that maintenance dredging will help combat natural sand build-up which has created a hazard for recreational and commercial boat operators.

“The works form part of Parks Victoria’s ongoing maintenance dredging program to ensure the continuation of safe boating access within Port Phillip and Western Port,” Parks Victoria Local Ports and Waterways Senior Manager, Victor Teoh said.

“The dredged material is predominantly sand and will be placed on shore south of Mordialloc Creek, as a replication of the natural coastal processes and improvement to recreational amenity. While the dredged sand may look and smell mildly unpleasant when it first comes out of the water, after a few days exposure to the air and sun, the sand will bleach to the normal colour and lose the odour.”

Vessel operators are advised to exercise caution during the dredging process and are also reminded to observe the 5 knot speed limit in the vicinity of the dredge.

Maintenance dredging last took place at Moridalloc Creek in June 2018. The process is expected to last up to five days.

For more information about the dredging at Mordialloc Creek, call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 5 September 2018

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