The dredging operation has commenced at Encounter Bay

PUMPING OUT SAND: The dredge in full operation in Encounter Bay. The Bluff Boat Ramp will be out of action until November 29.
PUMPING OUT SAND: The dredge in full operation in Encounter Bay. The Bluff Boat Ramp will be out of action until November 29.

The Bluff Boat Ramp at Encounter Bay has been closed to fishermen.

The City of Victor Harbor has undertaken 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.

The Dredging Maintenance is expected to cost approximately $470,000. City of Victor Harbor Director of Environment and Infrastructure Glenn Sanford said council have received feedback on the dredging operation from boaties and residents.

"Council has received some feedback on the dredging maintenance being undertaken and the main question has been about how long the works will take to complete," Mr Sanford said.

"The works are currently underway and are expected to be complete by Friday, November 29, subject to the amount of work required and weather conditions."

Mr Sanford said the dredging is being undertaken 24 hours a day to minimise the time the boat ramp is not accessible.

"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," he said.

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

"The work is being undertaken now before our busy summer season," Mr Sanford said.

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