Dredging Needs To Continue For Ettalong Channel

07 Jun 2023

Following enquiries from concerned constituents about cancellation of ferry services between Wagstaffe and Palm Beach, Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch has emphasised the importance of the continued dredging in the Ettalong Channel.

Following enquiries from concerned constituents about cancellation of ferry services between Wagstaffe and Palm Beach, Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch has emphasised the importance of the continued dredging in the Ettalong Channel.

 

“Since the State Government took over management of the channel back in 2021, we have seen a general improvement in frequency of crossings between Wagstaffe and Palm Beach.”

 

“However, with weather patterns and tides affecting services for the next week, it is important that the State Labor Government come to the table and provide a timeline on the scope of works for dredging of the channel.”

 

Mr Crouch said that his office has already made representations to the Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office, the authority responsible for dredging of Ettalong Channel, as well as Minister for Transport Jo Haylen.

 

“While the cancellation of services between Wagstaffe and Palm Beach are inconvenient for residents, passenger safety is of the utmost importance for the ferry operator and that is why these cancellations can occur.”

 

Mr Crouch said he will continue to call on the State Labor Government to ensure that the Ettalong Channel is safe for ferry passage throughout the year.