sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Gold Coast dredging plan just a drop in the ocean
Gold Coast dredging plan just a drop in the ocean

'Gold Coast Broadwater - just one of the dredging issues on the Gold Coast.'    . ©    Click Here to view large photo

There has been mixed response to the Queensland government’s announcement that it will implement a $1.8 million dredging program of the Coomera river on the Gold Coast, with some quarters of industry welcoming the move and others pointing out that it’s nowhere near enough to support the local marine economy.

While some industry proponents claim dredging will help attract larger yachts to facilities like the Gold Coast City Marina for refit and repairs, generating as much as $60 million over the next two to three years and creating as many as 500 new jobs, others observers are less convinced.

Director of the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard at Coomera, Ryan Leigh-Smith said the industry had been lobbying the State Government since 1998 for the river to be dredged to 3.5m at low tide so that vessels up to 1500 tonnes could get to their shipyards.

'We have all the cranes and the facilities ready and waiting to handle 1500-tonne vessels, but we have been hamstrung by a lack of access,' he told local media. 'This dredging program is great, great news for our industry and the Gold Coast.'

Don Jones, CEO of Marine Queensland said dredging on the Gold Coast is something that requires 'planning and coordination', not a piecemeal approach.

'The solution lies in holistic management not piecemeal approaches like focusing on the Coomera River only. The greatest economic benefit can only be achieved this way.'

Jones referred to the history of dredging on the Gold Coast: 'The problem prior to the establishment of the Gold Coast waterways group (now being formalised into an Authority sometime in November) is that there was little planning and virtually no coordination. The result was once where only problems that were seriously impacting navigation were addressed. All of this was pretty ad hoc.

'When the Gold Coast Waterways group was established, industry argued for a much more coordinated and planned approach. To achieve this three areas of focus were established:

1. Dredging and sand management;
2. Foreshore and marine destinations;
3. Planning and major projects.

'With these areas of focus established for nearly two years now there has been much more achieved for the Gold Coast region in a holistic sense. For example, using dredge spoil (mainly sand) for beach nourishment thereby saving Council many millions of dollars while making navigation much safer and effective. There are many, many other examples as well.

'The idea of undertaking planned works to foster economic and industry development has also been a priority. That is why we have been strongly advocating the Broadwater Master Plan and looking at ways where dredging can be done in a way where channels become self-maintaining. This then free up funds for other key infrastructure works that directly benefits the marine industry, tourism and all the other industries that rely on well planned and managed waterways.'


by Jeni Bone

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=102310

8:27 PM Mon 24 Sep 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,












ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,
























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco


























GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT