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    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Monday, May 09, 2011

    MSQ to look at dredging issues at Currumbin

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Monday, May 09, 2011

    MSQ to look at dredging issues at Currumbin

    Marine Infrastructure Minister Craig Wallace today said Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) would look at all ideas to increase safety on the Currumbin Bar including any reasonable proposals to separate surfers from recreational boating traffic.

    Mr Wallace said MSQ would again review previous studies on stabilising the mouth of Currumbin Creek.

    The area is characterized by active sand movement and, until the movement can be better managed, dredging would be ineffective in maintaining a useable navigation channel.

    But Mr Wallace warned dredging could only be done after major works to stabilise the mouth of Currumbin Creek, which would be at great financial and environmental cost.

    “Like everyone, I feel keenly for the family of the surfer who died so tragically at Currumbin on Sunday,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Both police and MSQ investigations have begun and it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the possible causes of this very sad event,” he said.

    “However, I can comment on the issues of dredging and having boat-only lanes across the Currumbin Bar – issues which are being discussed in the community and in the media.

    “I am informed by MSQ that before dredging can be done we would need to stabilise the mouth of Currumbin Creek with works such as breakwaters and sand bypasses.

    “Although technically feasible this would be at a very high financial cost.

    “It also would be at a great environmental cost – including the effects of breakwaters and sand bypasses.

    “Both stabilisation and dredging must be done together – we cannot have one without the other.

    “I also am informed that boaties-only lanes would be difficult to implement as they would have to be changed with changing conditions.”

    Mr Wallace said MSQ would look at the issues and report to him when the study was completed.

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