The Mooloolaba Harbour is open for business, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today.
A shoal has built up at the mouth of the Mooloolah River after more than a week of extreme weather conditions but the channel is still clear to 1.8m at the lowest tide.
However, mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution in negotiating the channel.
Ms Simpson advised that Maritime Safety Queensland were able to survey the area yesterday and put out a marker buoy to help vessels with a deeper draw than 1.8m to navigate around the shoal.
“It is vital to our local fishing industry to keep this harbour open and dredging to clear the sand shoal will recommence as soon as calmer conditions permit,” Ms Simpson said.
Ms Simpson said she was asking MSQ to do all it could to ensure dredging proceeded as soon as possible and the public were kept informed.