Ballina council will consider asking the State Government to help fund the dredging of North Creek.
Ballina council will consider asking the State Government to help fund the dredging of North Creek. Jay Cronan

Dredging plan gets push along

SAND has been building up near Prospect Bridge in Ballina's North Creek for a number of years, restricting water flow and impacting on the health of the creek.

There have been numerous calls for the waterway to be dredged and in June last year Ballina Shire Council set aside $50,000 for a detailed feasibility assessment.

Now there could be even more funding available for the project.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay this week announced $1.5 million was available for coastal dredging projects across NSW.

Council general manager Paul Hickey said Ballina Council would look at accessing the funding.

"A report will be submitted to the March council meeting seeking council approval to apply for grant funding to support the dredging of North Creek, particularly between Prospect and Missingham bridges," he said.

"Council has previously resolved to pursue dredging in this location and we have already commenced discussions with Crown Lands in respect to the approval process."

Mr Hickey said it was unlikely council would apply for funding to dredge the notorious Ballina bar.

It has been estimated that dredging the bar could cost up to $1 million each dredge, and that would need to be done three to four times a year.


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