Channel dredging to finish this week
Dredging of the Ettalong Channel is expected to be completed this week.
Hydrographic studies will now be completed ahead of the reopening of the channel, according to Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.
She said the work would take about a week, during which time ferry operator Palm Beach Ferries will undertake crew training along the channel.
"It is anticipated that ferry services will recommence on Monday, September 25, ahead of the upcoming long weekend.
"The resumption of these ferry services will be welcome news for people of the Peninsula, many of whom rely on the channel to access work and school, as well as essential services."
She said that, despite the breakdown of the Faucon dredge, a new dredge was promptly brought in and works completed with all haste.
"Locals are all too aware that dredging of the channel has been an ongoing issue and I've called upon the NSW Government to properly dredge the channel since I was elected in 2017.
"With these dredging works now complete, I will continue to campaign for a long-term, ongoing plan for dredging works - a 10-year plan for maintenance dredging of the entire Ettalong Channel.
"I look forward to getting out on the ferry for the long weekend," she said.
Media release, 15 Sep 2023
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford