28 Nov, 2011 12:00 AM
APPROVAL to dredge the channel between Coochiemudlo Island and Victoria Point may only be months away.
Redland City Council will lodge an application with Main Roads, Marine Infrastructure and Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace.
The council is still in the process of completing the application and is helping with surveys of the channel to determine where to dredge.
It is expected the application will be lodged by February with dredging starting in the 2013.
Council acting chief executive officer Louise Rusan said dredging would be at the approach to the Victoria Point jetty and barge ramp where dredging had already occurred.
It is unknown if the council application will include straightening the channel and dredging to a depth of 1.5m.
Before approval can be given, Maritime Safety Queensland will have to liaise with a range of concurrent agencies including the Department of Environment and Resource Management and a meeting is expected this week.
Member for Redlands Peter Dowling met with Environment Minister Vicky Darling at Parliament House to discuss the dredging and the island’s beleaguered barge service.
“The proposal is to make the existing channel straighter and deeper so barges can run even at low tide,” Mr Dowling said.
“Making the existing channel straighter is a better long-term proposition because it will cut down on backwash and therefore maintenance.
“The council already has generic approval to dredge the current channel to a depth of 1.3m and could proceed with that work quite quickly if that’s what was wanted.
“But the council is still undertaking survey work and that may find that going to 1.7m is what is required ? it’s still not decided,” Mr Dowling said.
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