Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    Port Geographe seagrass removal set to begin

    12/09/2013 12:00 AM
    • Port Geographe seagrass removal should use fewer trucks this year
    • Higher volumes of seagrass to be removed by pumping
    • Pumping should reduce unpleasant odour associated with removal program
    • Work continues on the $28million reconfiguration project

    Busselton residents should see fewer trucks on the roads this year for the annual Port Geographe seagrass removal program.


    Transport Minister Troy Buswell has revealed that the program this year would move more seagrass by pumping, reducing the amount to be moved by trucks.


    Mr Buswell said pumping should also reduce the unpleasant odour associated with the removal program in previous years.


    The Minister said preparations for the annual removal program were now under way, as work continued on the $28million reconfiguration of coastal structures at Port Geographe.


    “This year truck movements are expected to be reduced as contractors pump the bulk of the 150,000 cubic metres of seagrass and sand removed from the beach to an approved disposal area off the coast from where it will naturally disperse,” he said.


    “It’s expected sand will also be pumped, rather than trucked, to Wonnerup Beach to address erosion issues, again reducing traffic on local roads.”


    Busselton company VMS Contractors is the approved subcontractor to undertake the work.


    Preparations for the work started this week, with pumping to begin in mid-September 2013.  It is anticipated the work will be completed by mid-December.


    Mr Buswell said the coastal reconfiguration work would continue during the seagrass removal.


    “Trucking of rock from Augusta has now been completed and the focus of the activity on site is on preparing to remove groynes and commence dredging,” he said.


    “As project manager, the Department of Transport is working with the local community to minimise the impact and limit disruption.”


    People seeking more information about the coastal reconfiguration or seagrass work can contact the Department of Transport on 1300 660 815 or visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/portgeographe .


            Fact File

    • Access to the beach at Port Geographe will be temporarily restricted during seagrass removal
    • Removal operations will be allowed Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm and from 7am to 4pm on Saturday

    Minister’s office - 6552 6400