Boating safety at risk from dredging delays

THE Transport Minister has been called on to urgently intervene to ensure dredging of the Mooloolah River entrance.

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said that for more than two months Minister Rachel Nolan had been lobbied to ensure the work was undertaken but had failed to act.

“Enough is enough.  This dredging work needs to occur. The boating public are clearly saying it is dangerous,” Ms Simpson said. “This is dangerous and action needs to happen.

“The Transport Minister is failing in her duty of care to the boating public if she does not ensure the Mooloolah River mouth is urgently cleared.”

Ms Simpson said there also needed to be an ongoing maintenance dredging program in the Mooloolah River entrance so that matters didn’t require ministerial intervention every time the river needed work.

Ms Simpson said that the sand should be placed on to Mooloolaba Beach to help with the reparation work.

“This is not a natural river mouth – it has a rock wall which impedes the northern drift of sand. It has to be maintained with dredging and the beach should be the beneficiary of that dredging as it is loses that natural northern drift of sand.”


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