Coomera River channel dredging project

A significant dredging campaign that will deepen the Coomera River channel and improve navigation will soon get underway.

The Coomera River channel dredging project is scheduled to start in April and will be delivered through the Gold Coast Waterways Management Program (WMP) 2022‐26.

It’s good news for a wide variety of commercial, industrial, residential, and recreational waterway users who use the river as a primary access way.

Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chief Executive Officer Chris Derksema said dredging of the Coomera River channel is maintenance undertaken every two years under the WMP.

“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 with approximately 35,000 cubic metres of sand from downstream of Sanctuary Cove to 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 (pictured).

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