Dredging of Apollo Bay harbour complete
CONTRACTORS have dredged more than 72,000 cubic metres of sand from the Apollo Bay Harbour allowing easier access and improved safety for commercial and recreational boat owners.
Ports and freight minister Melissa Horne the harbour now had a minimum depth of 3.5 metres.
A state government spokesperson said sand had built up in the port in recent years, which reduced the depth of the harbour and affected the accessibility of vessels.
The dredging will provide long-term economic benefits to the Apollo Bay community by ensuring easy access for tourism operators and local fishers alike.
The sand removal paves the way for safe berthing and mooring for 40 vessels, including two berths for tourist charters.
“Dredging Apollo Bay Harbour is a vital step to ensure it can continue to provide economic benefits to the local community,” Ms Horne said.
“Tourism and fishing are major drivers of the Apollo Bay economy and this dredging will ensure people can continue to use the bay for years to come.”
The $1.3 million investment from the Andrews Government also included the repair of the slipway winch, which pulls boats out of the water, vital improvements to the breakwater and design work for further upgrades.
“We know the important role that local ports play in supporting commercial fishing and recreational activities,” Labor Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said.
“We’re ensuring the harbour can be used by everyone from local fishers, to tourist charters and the Coastguard.”
The Apollo Bay Harbour generates $6.5 million annually for the local economy from industries such as the rock lobster export trade.
The improved infrastructure will also provide a significant boost for aquaculture operators and tourism businesses in the region.