CLEAR UP: The next stage of works at Coffs Harbour Slipway begins next week.
CLEAR UP: The next stage of works at Coffs Harbour Slipway begins next week. Trevor Veale

Slipway remediation to be done by June

THE removal of contaminated material at the Coffs Harbour Slipway is scheduled to be completed by late June.

The process of clearing 5500 tons of contaminated material from the handstand area and adjacent waterway will begin next week.

It's the latest update in a lengthy redevelopment of the facility that has been closed to the region's fishing and boating industry for almost two years due to contamination found at the site.

The Soil Conservation Service has installed a floating silt boom to stop any sediment disturbed from the work area dispersing across the harbour.

"The silt boom has been very effective in containing sediment plumes generated by the works undertaken so far including the removal of the slipway rails, sleepers and rock ballast," Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said.

Material removed from the waterway will be placed into geotextile bags for de-watering prior to being transported to an accredited disposal facility at Ipswich in Queensland.

Other material classified as general solid waste will be taken to the Kempsey Waste Centre.

To ensure the safety of the workplace and the general public, an occupational hygienist will be on site to monitor and manage the safe removal of the contaminated material.

Expressions of interest have meanwhile closed for future slipway operations with proposals now being assessed.

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