Program to dredge canals starts this week
  • Saturday 09 August 2008

A Sunshine Coast Regional Council project to remove 75,000 cubic metres of sand and silt from canals in Minyama and Buddina will start this week as part of a staged dredging program expected to take five years to complete.

Council’s Director Assets and Infrastructure (Caloundra), Steve Linnane, said the program was the outcome of extensive surveying of the system and consultation with residents which identified a need to remove excess sand and silt.

"The program, approved by the Environment Protection Agency, is a first for this canal system,” Mr Linnane said.

“The sand and silt build up is the result of years of not only sand migration from up the coast entering the canal system but also run-off from development, farming and even estabished properties.

“The staged program, which will rely on annual Council funding, is expected to take five years to complete.”

The dredging will begin this week at Paringa canal. The first stage will see the removal of 3000 cubic metres of sand and silt before the dredge moves to a new location. The dredged sand will be used in civil construction projects while the silt will be transported to the Pierce Ave, Caloundra, landfill.