testing time for marina

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Claudio Del Deo and Paul Day.
Camera IconClaudio Del Deo and Paul Day. Credit: Alexander Scott

Progress on the Spoilbank Marina has moved to the next stage, with the State Government beginning on-site testing to examine the environmental impact of the project.

The work began last Wednesday and included using a drop camera and side-scan sonar to conduct a habitat survey to identify if the construction of the marina could affect any habitats.

The testing also included collecting underground sediment samples from 2m underground and 3m below water on land to investigate its quality.

The sediment testing willl provide input into ongoing dredge plume and sedimentation modelling studies for the marina. Principal marine scientist Claudio Del Deo said sample collection finished on Sunday and testing of the samples would take two weeks.

“We’re looking at chemical and physical characteristics from the sediment,” he said.

Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan said it was exciting to see investigations begin.

“The Port Hedland community will continue to be involved and informed as we do the work to protect the marine environment while ensuring we get the best possible outcomes in terms of community use and landside activation,” she said.

“We will continue our focus on delivering this commitment to the Port Hedland community.”

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