Altona Safe Harbour Dredging

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The dredging process for 2019 has now been completed.

Dredging of the Altona Safe Boat Harbour will return in 2020.

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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