Dredging work to provide a clearer and safer channel into Tweed Heads has started, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has confirmed.

“The primary focus of this dredging work, which will involve the removal of about 150,000 cubic metres of sand, is to maintain a clear and safe channel for the Tweed River entrance,” Mr Provest said.

“Dredging of the Tweed River entrance supports the long-term viability of the local commercial fishing fleet and assists with safe passage for recreational boaters.

“Removing accumulated sand allows continued access by boats of many sizes, while the sand which is removed to ensure our world-class Tweed Coast beaches are maintained.

“The system is designed to transport the quantities of sand that naturally move northwards along the coast.

“Sand which has accumulated at the Tweed River entrance is removed by suction from a large barge and deposited offshore of Bilinga, Snapper Rocks, Duranbah and Fingal beaches.”

All of the dredging work is subject to environmental controls and monitoring.

Boaters in the area are advised to exercise caution when using the Tweed River entrance during dredging work.

For more information on the project, visit https://www.tweedsandbypass.nsw.gov.au/