BETTER BEACH: An excavator distributes the growing sand levels on Park Beach as siltation is pumped from the harbour.
BETTER BEACH: An excavator distributes the growing sand levels on Park Beach as siltation is pumped from the harbour.

Harbour gains depth as sand is restored on beach

PARK Beach is being replenished with sand piped from the harbour in the largest dredging operation seen in Coffs Harbour in five years.

Sand is being pumped from the outer harbour navigation channel through a 1.5km pipeline to Park Beach, north of Coffs Creek.

An excavator is then being used on the beach to distribute the sand mounds evenly. The work involves the removal of up to 40,000 cubic metres of sand from the entry to the inner harbour.

Roads and Maritime Service has advised boat skippers to keep clear of the sand dredging operation that will continue until August 30.

A barge and support vessels are displaying appropriate navigation markers to alert boaters in the area and yellow and orange buoys are marking the work area and pipeline.

Skippers are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating past the work area.

They are urged to follow any directions given by boating safety and police officers.

The State Government contract is being completed by national company Dredging Solutions.

Sand pumped from the harbour is replenishing Park Beach.
Sand pumped from the harbour is replenishing Park Beach. Trevor Veale


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