Council staff 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 prepared in 2017 identified dredging of the canal beds as the highest priority maintenance activity for the canal system.
During 2018 Council secured the necessary environmental approvals to undertake the maintenance dredging works and have appointed Birdon Pty Ltd to undertake the works. Dredging operations are anticipated to commence in November 2019 and expected to take at least 5 months to complete including a brief shut down over the Christmas period.
As part of the dredging operations a pre-work survey of the entire canal system will be undertaken to identify the existing floor levels. This survey will identify 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.
All affected canal residents have recently been contacted regards the works commencement and further information for residents and the general community will be provided as the project progresses.
This page was last updated on: 23 August 2019