Altona Safe Harbour Dredging
Temporary closure of the Altona Dog Beach
The Altona Dog Beach will be temporarily closed while the dredging of the Altona Boat Harbour is under way. There are a number of projects occuring in the vicinity of the Altona Dog Beach including stage 1 of the PA Burns Master Plan, the upgrade of the pedestrian bridge across Cherry Creek and the dredging of the Altona Boat Harbour that make accessing the Altona Dog Beach difficult. Currently there is a lot of heavy machinery onsite at PA Burns Reserve for the construction works and this will increase once the harbour dredging commences. The shared trail between the Altona Coastal Park and the Altona Boat Harbour is closed with a detour in place for users, directing them around the work site onto Beach Road.
The decision to close the Altona Dog Beach during this time has not been an easy one, however due to the large number of project happening in close proximity to the dog beach it is necessary for community safety. We have coordinated the projects to occur over winter to ensure that there is unfettered access to the Altona Dog Beach in spring and summer.
Dredging of the Altona Boat Harbour will commence on Monday 12 August and will last for four weeks. During this closure we encourage community members to visit some of our other off-lead dog areas in Hobsons Bay. You can view a list of all the dog off lead areas in Hobsons Bay here.
Frequently asked questions
Can I access the Altona Dog Beach through PA Burns Reserve at the moment?
No. The access to the Altona Dog Beach prior to the dredging has been from either the Altona Coastal Park or from the access point near the Altona Sports Centre.
Can Council provide access through PA Burns Reserve to the section of the Altona Dog Beach that is not receiving spoil from the dredging?
Given the type of construction that is included in this phase of upgrade to PA Burns Reserve, it is not possible to provide access through the construction site to the dog beach.
Why is the shared trail closed at the moment?
The shared trail is closed between the Altona Coastal Park and Cherry Creek while we relocate the shared trail to higher ground and construct a bridge over the main dog access to the beach. This is designed to remove the conflict between dogs accessing the beach and cyclists and shared trail users.
Why is the pedestrian bridge over Cherry Creek closed at the moment?
The pedestrian bridge over Cherry Creek is undergoing maintenance to extend the life of the assets.
Can I access the Altona Dog Beach from the Altona Boat Harbour?
No. The only way to access the dog beach from the Altona Boat Harbour is over the pedestrian bridge over the shared trail. The shared trail at this point is closed. We strongly advise that people do not try and cross the mud flats from the boat harbour through Cherry Creek to the dog beach. These mud flats are not stable and a channel does run through it.
Can I access the Altona Dog Beach from the Altona Coastal Park?
While the dredging of the Altona Boat Harbour is under way you will not be able to access the dog beach from the Altona Coastal Park. The spoil from the dredging will be located at the far eastern section of the beach (closest to the Altona Coastal Park). This area will be deemed a work site and members of the general public are not allowed in this section. The access to the beach from this end will reopen once the dredging has been completed.
The dredging process
Council dredges the harbour annually to ensure a safe depth for boats entering and exiting the boat ramp.
Dredging of the Altona Safe Boat harbour commences in September and takes approximately four weeks. Dredging takes place in the harbour for approximately two weeks before moving out of the harbour.
Dredging involved a section of the intertidal zone of the Seaholme Foreshore and the Altona Dog Beach at PA Burns Reserve being used to store dredged sediment. The sediment is black and odorous for approximately two weeks before it returns to clean sand used to rejuvenate the beach. This is the process that created the Altona Dog Beach.
Week 1: Dredged sediment being pumped into a storage bund on the dog beach at PA Burns Reserve.
Week 3: Sediment in the process of draining and returning to the usual sandy colour.
Week 4: The dog beach after sediment (now sand) is redistributed.
These works have been approved by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the EPA.
Dog owners are advised: areas of Altona Dog Beach may at times be inaccessible during dredging.
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