Dredging To Occur For Tweed River Entrance

Dredging To Occur For Tweed River Entrance

New South Wales Member for Tweed Geoff Provest

Tweed River Entrance Dredging To improve Navigation

Victor P Taffa

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the entrance of the Tweed River will be dredged over coming weeks to improve boating navigation for commercial and recreational vessels.

“It is planned to remove about 21,000 cubic metres of sand. Thanks to the success of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project, this is a relatively small amount compared with past dredging campaigns.” Mr. Provest said.

“The floating dredge Port Frederick will carry out the sand removal and is expected to begin in late March. Work is expected to take around three weeks depending on weather and swell conditions.”

Mr. Provest said that sand had moved into the entrance area naturally and reduced the water depth available in the defined channel area.

“Dredging will reinstate a clear navigation channel and create an additional small buffer depth to allow for sand to settle. Sand will be picked up by the dredge and taken to locations off Point Danger, where it will be deposited evenly.”

“The works will improve navigational safety for commercial fishers and other commercial operators and recreational boaters who use the Tweed River entrance.” Mr. Provest said.

The Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project is a joint initiative of the New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland Governments with financial and other assistance being provided by Tweed Shire Council and Gold Coast City Council.


Tweed Heads River Mouth

Tweed Heads River Mouth








Parramatta River

In 1988 when the Greiner Government was elected the Parramatta River was dredged so as to allow for a Passenger Ferry service to operate to Parramatta. This dredging occurred long before the ICI site and nearby Parramatta River area was cleaned up.

As the depth of the Parramatta River becomes shallow between Ermington and Parramatta siltation buildup occurs regularly. Reduction of siltation buildup enables fish to breed far more freely.

Instead of dredging the Parramatta River, Ferry services are cancelled in favour of a Bus service.

Not only is there a siltation buildup in the Parramatta River people also dump items in the River. Dredging the Parramatta River will enable Ferries to operate, siltation buildup to be reduced and rubbish to be removed from the Parramatta River.