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​Better Boyne River navigation thanks to Palaszczuk Government

10 September 2019

Restoration works at the Boyne River have been completed, clearing the way for vessels to have safe passage through the mouth of the river at all times.

The project was initiated following flood events in 2011 and 2013, which caused significant shoaling at the channel entrance.
Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Peter O'Sullivan said more than 30,000m2 of material has been removed over the past eight months.

"The original plan was to restore the river entrance depths to 0.5 metres below low water datum," Mr O'Sullivan said.

"This was reviewed and the decision was made to fully restore the depth to 1 metre resulting in an increase of sediment being removed from the mouth."

The Boyne River dredging project was an election commitment delivered by Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher and funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Mr Butcher said the project was successfully completed without any impact on the surrounding marine environs.

"The project was undertaken in a way that diligently considered and minimised impacts on both the community and the environment," Mr Butcher said.

"Boat users in the area now have unrestricted access to the Boyne River, improving safety and navigation."

The barge or sweep may return to the area in the coming weeks to undertake tidy up works, as surveys are finalised.

GPC and the Queensland Government would like to thank boat users for using caution when in the vicinity of the operations.

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