Coomera River to be regularly dredged for the first time since the Gold Coast Marine precinct was established 14 years ago – paving the way for a $100 million annual boost to the marine industry.
The State Government and Gold Coast Waterways Authority have been in talks on the plan for months.
The final hurdle was finding land at Coomera where the dredge spoil could be treated and a long-term lease has now been negotiated on a site, once earmarked for a Gold Coast TAFE facility.
Gold Coast Waterways Authority boss Hal Morris said the dredging was crucial to opening up what was one of the city’s main water highways.
“We’re pretty excited about the fact this has moved forward and the positive flow-on benefits for the marine industry,” he said.
“This is something that was supposed to be done from the time the marine precinct was built.”
Mr Morris said the authority was hopeful of starting dredging work in the second half of next year.