Council staff have previously engaged with approximately 70 canal residents over two engagement sessions in early 2016 and received 161 survey responses. The survey responses and discussion with residents identified the highest preferred priority maintenance activity was dredging to restore the canal waterway depth, followed by placement of sand on beach areas.
The Settlement Shores Canal Maintenance Plan was subsequently prepared in 2017 and identified dredging of the canal beds as the highest priority maintenance activity for the canal system.
Council secured the necessary environmental approvals to undertake the maintenance dredging works and in 2018 appointed Birdon Pty Ltd to undertake the works.
Pre-dredge survey works were completed in November 2019 and identified those areas where there is satisfactory depth and those where the movement of sands/silt has compromised the available depth. It is these areas identified by the survey which will be targeted by the dredging operations to produce the sand necessary for beach replenishment.
Dredging operations in the Settlement Shores canals commenced in December 2019 with dredging now completed in Regatta Cove, Governors Way and South West Passage. The remaining canals are expected to take a further 1-2 months with completion of all dredging expected in June 2020 subject to weather and other constraints.
All affected canal residents have been contacted regards the works commencement and further information for residents and the general community is being provided as the project progresses.
This page was last updated on: 01 July 2020