News>Mordialloc Creek Dredging
Residents wanting further information can contact Council’s Special Projects Engineer Kathy VanHeer on 9581 4341. Those with media enquiries should call 9581 4731.
|Celebrating the completion of dredging at Mordialloc Creek|
8 June 2012 - Mordialloc Creek Dredging Update
28 February 2012 - Council awards $7.1 million for projects in Mordialloc
29 November 2011 - First stage of Mordialloc Creek Dredging is days away from completion
12 April 2011 - Mordialloc Creek dredging one step closer
| Celebrating the completion of dredging at Mordialloc Creek|
|Kingston Council is pleased to announce that dredging at Mordialloc Creek has been completed ahead of schedule and boaties can now enjoy use full use of the creek. |
During the past two years, $8 million has been invested at Mordialloc Creek on dredging and associated works, such as repairing seawalls and moorings. The first $1.5 million stage of the project, completed last year, was fully funded by Council and involved dredging 6,000 tonnes of silt from around Lambert Island and other works on moorings.
The $6.5 million second stage began in April this year. Approximately 16,000 tonnes of silt and debris was removed from the creek, increasing the channel depth to more than 1.5 metres. Associated works included installing sheet piles and concrete on the northern wall of Lambert Island, mooring pole and jetty replacement.
Stage 2 was funded with a $6 million State Government grant and $500,000 from Council.
Kingston Council CEO John Nevins said dredging the creek has been a significant project for the Mordialloc neighbourhood, which is based around the creek and has a large boating and fishing community.
Council’s next project in the creek will look at addressing dislodged and damaged mooring poles, in consultation with the community.
Looking to the future, a sustainable management plan for the creek is being developed by Council with Parks Victoria, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and Melbourne Water.
Council is also taking a bigger picture approach to managing Mordialloc Creek and has worked with Melbourne Water for a number of years on improving water quality and flood management, including the removal of sediment from drains that empty into Mordialloc Creek.
| 8 June 2012 - Mordialloc Creek Dredging Update|
|Thiess Services, the dredging contractor, has commenced mobilisation of their work area within the Attenborough Park car park. Thiess are in the process of constructing a fit for purpose concrete bund to facilitate unloading, treatment and loading out of the dredged material. Thiess will need to manage approximately 100 m3 of dredged material per day. This equates to 10 tandem trucks of dredged material excavated each day. Dredging is expected to commence mid June. |
The Governor Rd boat ramp will be closed for public use from Tuesday 12 June until 31 October 2012. This is to ensure the safety of creek users and the contractor undertaking the works. A Notice to Mariners will be issued by Marine Safety Victoria. Council will trial providing access to the ramp during weekends from 7pm Friday to 7am Monday. However, if vessels owners do not return to the car park by 7am on Monday morning the ramp will be closed permanently until 31 October 2012.
Vessel owners will be directed to use the public boat ramp at Launching Way, Carrum for alternate access. Annual Launching Permit holders will be advised in writing of extension of time for all valid current permits.
Vessel owners who have mooring permits within the creek have been requested to consider the enormity of this project and where possible urged to seek alternate moorings for their vessels away from the creek. Council thanks those vessel owners who have removed their boats from the creek in consideration of this project.
For more information contact Kathy VanHeer, Special Projects Engineer on 9581 4341.
| 28 February 2012 - Council awards $7.1 million for projects in Mordialloc|
|The City of Kingston has awarded $7.1 million in tenders for Mordialloc-based projects, including Stage 2 of dredging at Mordialloc Creek, sheet pile installations at Lambert Island and Mordialloc Shopping Centre streetscape works. |
The $5.56 million tender for Stage 2 of the Mordialloc Creek dredging project was awarded to Thiess Services. The project will involve dredging from the mouth of Mordialloc Creek to the Governor Road Boat Ramp. The volume of material to be removed is anticipated in the order of 9,000m3 of silt.
Mayor Cr John Ronke said dredging will improve the health of the waterway, as well as providing access for the boating community who have been unable to navigate the creek at low tide.
"Council is pleased to be undertaking the main stage of dredging this year. It is expected to begin in April, after Easter, and be completed in November 2012. The community will be kept informed and updated during the works. In addition, Council will continue to consult directly with the Mordialloc Creek Boating community and the Mordialloc Creek Advisory Committee," Cr Ronke said.
Due to the large scale of Stage 2 of the project, a works area will be established at Attenborough Park to unload sediment and contain equipment. The shared pedestrian and cycling path will be diverted around the worksite.
Stage 1 of the dredging process involved dredging and associated works on moorings around Lambert Island and was completed last year. The creek last underwent major dredging in 1997 and 1973.
The $732,600 tender for sheet pile installation on the northern wall of Lambert Island was awarded to Bridge & Civil Pty Ltd. The installation works will proceed in parallel with Stage 2 of the Mordialloc Creek dredging program and are expected to be completed in August 2012.
Cr Ronke said the new sheet wall will widen the main channel of the creek and allow for additional mooring places and a pontoon landing for small boat launches.
The design life of a new sheet pile wall is approximately 50 years using vertical, interlocking steel sheets with block capping.
Last but by no means least, the $815,147 tender for streetscape works at Mordialloc Shopping Centre was awarded to CDN Constructors Pty Ltd.
The project will include replacing footpaths and street furniture, landscaping, upgrading the stormwater drainage pipe and pit, constructed indented parking bays and installing street lights and traffic signs.
| 29 November 2011 - First stage of Mordialloc Creek Dredging is days away from completion|
|Kingston Council is pleased to advise that the first stage of dredging at Mordialloc Creek is just days away from completion. |
Mayor Cr Ron Brownlees said dredging works were expected to finish this week.
“Council would like to thank Mordialloc Creek users for their patience while these necessary works were undertaken,” Cr Brownlees said.
The dredging works around Lambert Island has cost $1.5 million.
Council is working with the State Government to dredge the Creek from the mouth to Governor Road boat ramp.
The Minister for Water, the Hon Peter Walsh, issued a media release on 4 May 2011 committing $6 million of State Government funding over two years required to complete the main creek channel dredging. Kingston Council is contributing $1 million and will begin the second stage of works next April.
“Planning for the second stage of dredging includes developing a long-term Sustainable Management Plan, which will guide maintenance of Mordialloc Creek for the area under Kingston’s management,” Cr Brownlees said.
“The strategy will be developed in consultation with businesses, community groups and residents. Council hopes to begin dredging the main section of the creek around April 2012.”
Other works at the creek are also in progress. Mooring piles were removed while the first stage of dredging was undertaken and new mooring piles are being installed. This is expected by be complete on the western half of the channel by 9 December and the eastern half of the channel by the end of December. Vessel owners will be advised by telephone in and writing when mooring piles are completed in each section.
Council is currently undertaking a tender process to reconstruct the sheet pile on the north wall of Lambert Island. Tender applications close on 15 December 2011. It is hoped these works will be complete by April 2012.
| 12 April 2011 - Mordialloc Creek dredging one step closer|
|The long awaited dredging of the Mordialloc Creek looks set to start in July following Kingston Council’s recent decision to appoint experienced dredging company, Birdon, to undertake the works. |
City of Kingston Mayor, Cr Ron Brownlees said that Council hoped to start stage one of the dredging around Lambert Island in July, subject to environmental approvals.
“Before we can commence we must get environmental approval from DSE, Melbourne Water and the EPA,” he said.
“Council officers are working closely with these agencies to ensure the removal, treatment and disposal of the waste meets the highest environmental standards.”
“Birdon has a strong environmental record and experience in dredging in Port Phillip Bay, the Murray River and the Gippsland Lakes.”
The Mayor said that the Mordialloc Creek dredging is planned to be undertaken in two stages.
“Following the EPA best practice, dredging can only occur between the months of May – October to avoid the fish breeding season and the busy summer period.”
“The first stage dredging around Lambert island will be undertaken this year at a cost of approximately $1.5 million,“ he said, “and we are working with the State Government to dredge the remainder of the Creek, from the mouth to Governor Road boat ramp, next year.”
“An important outcome of planning for the second stage will be the development of a Sustainable Management Plan which will provide clarity for the long term maintenance of the creek for the area under Council management.”
Council will be working closely with businesses, community groups and residents around the creek to develop a plan for how the works can be coordinated and undertaken.
“We appreciate the support of the Mordialloc Creek Community and their willingness to assist us with the logistics of the dredging,” said the Mayor.
“It is a complex project, we need to move boats and ramps while the dredging takes place, develop appropriate sites for the collection and removal of the waste and its transportation, and block access to buildings and areas of the creek for public safety.”
“We will be consulting widely with the community to ensure that there is as minimal disturbance as possible,” he said.
Kingston residents will be kept up to date on works around the Mordialloc Creek dredging via Council’s website www.kingston.vic.gov.au/mordialloccreekdredging and resident newspaper, Kingston Your City.