Weather delays channel maintenance work

Inclement weather has significantly impacted the restoration of the navigational channel into Queensland’s Boyne River, resulting in delays in the delivery of the project.

Since material removal work began in mid-February 2018, weather has prevented activity on 28 days, with wind gusts of up to 70km/h and significant rain falls.

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) CEO, Peter O’Sullivan, said current conditions are continuing to hinder restoration efforts.

“The Queensland coast is currently being battered by heavy rain and strong winds, with Maritime Safety Queensland closing ports at Hay Point and Abbot Point,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“The safety of those working on the barge is the priority as well as ensuring we minimise any potential impact on the surrounding environment.”

GPC said work to remove material from the 15m wide channel remains a priority.

The Boyne River project is funded by the Queensland Government, through the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

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