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Dredging and Disposal

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.


Proposals within or adjacent to licensed dredging and disposal areas should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference;

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on licensed 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 possible, alternative opportunities to minimise the use of dredged waste disposal sites by pursuing re-use opportunities through matching of spoil to suitable sites.