Will the community and stakeholders be informed throughout the project?
Flinders Ports has committed to ongoing stakeholder and community engagement, guided by a Community Engagement Plan, throughout the project. Consultation commenced prior to the licence being issued and will continue throughout the course of the project. A structured complaints and resolution management process is in place, which includes regular reporting back to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on issues raised. Electronic newsletter updates at important milestones are also being sent to a database of people who have registered their interest. To register your interest, complete this form. The public can access environmental monitoring data during dredge works on the Monitoring and Reporting page.
Will it still be safe to swim in nearby seas and rivers?
Flinders Ports conducted comprehensive sediment sampling in the dredge area prior to dredging commencing, which tested for a range of contaminants including metals, hydrocarbons and TBT. Testing was undertaken in accordance with National Guidelines for Sediment Quality. The testing did not identify any contaminants of concern within the sediments which will be disturbed by dredging. As such, there is no indication that dredging will change the conditions for safety of swimmers or other recreational water activities.