The Bluff Boat Ramp will close from November 16 for up to 14 days for dredging

TAKE A BREAK: Recreational fishermen Tony Modra, John Griffen and Peter Rix at the Bluff Boat Ramp.
TAKE A BREAK: Recreational fishermen Tony Modra, John Griffen and Peter Rix at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

The Bluff Boat Ramp at Encounter Bay will be closed to fishermen from November 16. The project is expected to cost around $470,000.

The City of Victor Harbor will be undertaking maintenance dredging at the Boat Ramp to remove built up sand that will enable sea rescue boats and other craft to launch at any time. Currently, there are issues for boat launching and recovery at low tide.

City of Victor Harbor director of Environment and Infrastructure Glenn Sanford said works are expected to take two weeks to complete.

"However, this will be dependent on the amount of work required and weather conditions," Mr Sanford said.

"For safety reasons, the boat ramp will not be accessible during the works period. There will be exemptions for sea rescue boats and emergency services.

Dredging is proposed to be undertaken 24 hours a day to minimise the time the boat ramp is not accessible."

Council has engaged Maritime Constructions to undertake the dredging. Some restrictions in operations apply to reduce noise levels for residents between 10pm and 7am.

Maritime constructions operate under a dredging licence issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The dredge will work progressively from the end of the channel inwards towards the boat ramp.

The sand within the dredging location is suitable to be used for beach sand replenishment activities. The sand will be disposed on the beach abutting Franklin Parade from Battye Road to Fell Street.

Initially the sand will have slight odour and be darker in colour. However, after 48 hours it dries out and will become lighter in colour.

For more information contact by email localgov@victor.sa.gov.au or 8551 0500.

"The work is being undertaken now before our busy summer season. Letters were sent to boat ramp permit holders advising of the maintenance works and a letter box drop to nearby residents will be undertaken," Mr Sanford said.

"The nearest alternative boat ramp is located at Wirrina Cove."

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