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Collapse Issue 485 - 23 Dec 2019Issue 485 - 23 Dec 2019
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Proposal to divert dredging funds
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Proposal to divert dredging funds

Funds earmarked for dredging the Ettalong channel could be diverted to dredge The Entrance channel.

Central Coast Council voted at its December 9 meeting to ask Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch, whether part or all of the $1.45 million in funding left over from dredging Ettalong Channel could be diverted to fund dredging of The Entrance channel.

However, Peninsula Waterways Committee chairman Mr Mike Allsop has rejected the idea.

"This is contrary to the terms of the State funding agreement used to rectify the channel recently, and risks co-operation with the State in future," he said.

"I agree that urgent action is required at The Entrance, that in itself is a disgrace.

"But it should not be done with money taken from the ongoing maintenance and dredging of Ettalong channel."

Last month, Mr Crouch announced that the current six-month program of dredging at Ettalong channel was "complete" but said repeated dredging was needed to keep it safe and accessible to recreational and commercial vessels.

He said the NSW Government and Central Coast Council had each committed $1.225 million in 2018 as part of Phase 5 of the Rescuing Our Waterways Program.

"Central Coast Council will now continue to monitor the condition of Ettalong Channel and undertake further dredging, using $1.45 million in remaining funds under this Rescuing Our Waterways partnership," Mr Crouch said last month.

"We know there is no such thing as a one-off fix.

"Council has a long-term dredging strategy for this local waterway and I encourage them to ensure it remains in an appropriate condition," Mr Crouch said.

Cr Chris Holstein said further dredging would be council-funded in accordance with the last joint agreement.

"Beyond that expectation, we are back to the same debate, which will only come to a head depending on access (sand build up)," he said.

"I still hope Government or Opposition will commit to an ongoing program funded through the money raised by government in mooring fees, boat licences and registrations," Cr Holstein said.

Mr Allsop said the Committee believed two primary issues remained.

"Firstly, while the main problem at Little Box Head was resolved, the channel itself around Lobster Beach is still too narrow with tight turns making it difficult for vessels to pass in opposite directions.

"This needs to be widened a bit further toward the west and the red markers moved accordingly to allow safe passage, especially under a running tide.

"Secondly, we have had no indication from Council as to what maintenance arrangements, or emergency works, will apply to the channel and how they will be funded and resourced.

"There has been stark silence on this."

Mr Allsop said the community would be in an uproar if there was a repeat of the 2018 "debacle".

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