New dredging trial at Mooloolaba Harbour

November 24, 2022 8:09 am in by
Draft Mooloolaba Entrance dredge layout; supplied by TMR

Maritime Safety Queensland will start a dredging trial off Mooloolaba, to test out a potential new method to improve access at the harbour entrance.

Unlike previous programs which involved dredging the entrance channel, the trial will involve dredging sand banks within and to the west of the Mooloolaba rock wall.

It follows community concerns about the safety of the harbour entrance, with fears of vessels getting damaged and lives lost due to the dangerous conditions.

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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the dredge trial concept was developed through feedback from key stakeholders, including the local Coast Guard, commercial and recreational fisheries, harbour business owners, along with residents and community groups.

“We created a stakeholder group to investigate a longer-term solution for the Mooloolaba Harbour entrance,” Mr Bailey says.

“The meetings have provided stakeholders with a clear understanding of the constraints associated with managing shoaling events in the entrance and considering a longer-term solution.

“While the trial is underway, MSQ will further explore other suggestions put forward by the group, including investigating the viability of capturing sand off Point Cartwright before it moves west into the entrance channel.

“Nearly 100,000 cubic metres of sand will be placed at various locations on Mooloolaba Beach between Cheese Block Park and the Mooloolaba Surf Club, with sections of the beach to be cordoned off at times.

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“We’re committed to working with everyone who uses the Mooloolaba Harbour to improve safety and find a long term solution.”

MSQ has worked closely with Sunshine Coast Council to determine the best locations for dredge materials and council is also contributing funding towards the trial.

“We appreciate the patience of beachgoers and the local community while the trial is underway as we work towards providing a safer, accessible harbour entrance for all boaties.”