Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Good times ahead for recreational boaters in the South-West

    9/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Boating families will be able to access the Collie River and Leschenault Estuary, now that $500,000 worth of dredging work has finished.


    While visiting the site today, South-West Minister Mark McGowan said the dredging had created greater access and dramatically improved safety in the channel.


    “The river mouth and connecting estuary had become virtually inaccessible because of the sedimentation over the years,” Mr McGowan said.


    “It’s a fantastic spot for recreational boating, but this silting process made the channel very shallow.”


    Dredging was carried out in September last year to remove the excess sedimentation, after the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) received several complaints from boat owners who had been grounded in the shallow water.


    Mr McGowan said part of the project also involved installing navigational markers, which had improved safety in the channel.


    The South West Development Commission and the DPI co-ordinated the dredging efforts, including an independent environmental assessment, public consultation and liaison with indigenous elders.


    Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray said the significance of the area to the local Noongar people had also been recognised with a bronze plaque at Pelican Point, opposite the river mouth.


    “It acknowledges the cultural and spiritual beliefs of the Noongar people with respect to the Ngaarngungudditj Waugul, the Collie River and Leschenault Estuary,” Mr Murray said.


    “The dredging project should keep the area accessible for at least the next 10 years.”


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