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Swansea Channel dredging put off until 2023

Posted on December 19, 2022

The planned dredging campaign for the Swansea Channel before Christmas has been delayed until next year.

In the December update from Transport for NSW, the State government said the planned dredging campaign before the holiday period has had to be put off until February next year due to the presence of endangered shore birds that are nesting on a sand island.

Nesting season finishes in February.

But in some slightly better news, an alternative navigational route has been uncovered – ongoing monitoring has found the “Airforce Channel” which runs east-west between Naru Point and the Lake has been naturally deepening and is now an appropriate alternative route into Lake Macquarie.

Swansea MP Yasmin Catley is disappointed at the latest update from Transport for NSW and said its even more worrying the sand that will be dredged won’t be taken straight to Blacksmiths Beach.

She said the sand that will be dredged early next year will be stockpiled on sand islands instead of being taken straight to the beach to renourish it.

“I was extremely disappointed to hear this news from the NSW Liberal Government. It makes perfect sense to use the dredged sand to renourish Blacksmiths Beach, but the Government are failing to honour their commitment to this plan.

“I have been a strong supporter of the Bring Blacksmiths Back group in their consistent lobbying for sand to be transported to the beach. The Liberals have well and truly let them down.

“The local community is tired of Swansea Channel not being dredged. It is the gateway to Lake Macquarie, yet it is virtually unnavigable. It is time the NSW Liberal Government followed through with their dredging commitments,” said Yasmin Catley.


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