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Dredging and Disposal

These proposed draft policies are in development and are not a consideration when in drafting applications or making a decision. You can comment on these policies through our online questionnaire and workshops.

Dredging is an enabling activity which is essential to the functioning of ports, harbours and marinas. Continued navigational access to ports and harbours would not be achieved without maintenance dredging, while capital dredging enables new activities to proceed by creating new, deeper and wider channels, and berths.

Please use our interactive map to view and combine marine plan policy data.


Proposals within or adjacent to licenced dredging and disposal areas should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference;
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on licenced dredging and disposal areas
d) if it is not possible to mitigate significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.


Proposals must identify where use of dredge disposal sites can be minimised by pursuing re-use opportunities through matching of spoil to suitable sites.