Dredging boost for Gold Coast Seaway access

Dredging to improve access through the Gold Coast Seaway at The Spit is underway.

Between 20,000–30,000 cubic metres of material will be removed from a sand shoal that has formed in the Seaway entrance at The Spit.

Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chief Executive Officer Chris Derksema said the $250,000 project will improve navigational access for recreational and commercial vessels crossing the Gold Coast Seaway bar.

“A dredge will be operating at the seaway entrance and transporting material to an ocean deposition site adjacent to South Stradbroke Island until July,” Mr Dersksema said.   

“There may be some access restrictions at the Seaway entrance while dredging is underway, so we ask vessel masters to reduce speeds and navigate with care.”

The material removed from the Seaway entrance shoal will be beneficially reused for coastal protection and nourishment at South Stradbroke Island.

$50.4 million will be invested in construction and upgrade projects that will improve access to the Gold Coast waterways over the next four years.