Thursday, 31 January 2019

Member for Bega Andrew Constance has today announced that the NSW Government will invest almost $450,000 into the Clyde River entrance bar for dredging in the coming months.

Mr Constance said I am pleased that these funds have now been allocated and will go a long way to assisting with the safe passage at the entrance to the Clyde River.

“The concerns raised by local boaters were heard and I advocated for this funding to ensure the safety of vessels and operators coming into our beautiful part of the world are not compromised,” Mr Constance said.

“The process will start with a hydrographic survey to be completed in February, weather permitting, to help determine the scope of dredging, with works to follow.

“As part of the works, Council has been consulted in helping to identify nearby foreshore areas which may benefit from sand replenishment.

“In December 2018 the NSW Government released the NSW Maritime Infrastructure Plan, developed as a joint initiative between Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services and the Department of Industry - Crown Lands. 

“The Plan notes the importance of maintaining accessible navigation channels in key investment locations, including the Batemans Bay (Clyde River) entrance channel,” said Mr Constance.

“I have also asked that the entrance to the Tomaga River be looked at during the investigation phase of these works.”

Mr Daimon Martin, Batemans Bay Marina, General Manager has welcomed the announcement today by Andrew Constance.

Our thanks and appreciation goes to Andrew, who has been instrumental in ensuring this funding was secured and the difference it will make is immense.

Our local member has listened, acted and will deliver a project that puts the safety of local and visiting boaters at the fore,” Mr Martin said.

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