Environment Protection Authority issues notice to Central Coast Council to cease discharging sand at North Entrance Beach site

FINISHED NOW: The sand dredge in The Entrance channel. Picture: David Stewart
FINISHED NOW: The sand dredge in The Entrance channel. Picture: David Stewart

THE Environment Protection Authority said it had issued Central Coast Council with a notice to stop the discharge of sediment waters at the North Entrance Beach discharge point.

The EPA said it had not ordered the council to cease all sand dredging from The Entrance channel. 

“The EPA requires the council to conduct dredging activities in accordance with its licence conditions, to ensure there is no unreasonable environmental impact,” a spokesperson for the EPA said.

“Council can continue dredging as long as it is meeting those licence conditions.”

Council’s environment and planning director, Scott Cox, said last week dredging had been expected to continue for a few weeks, but would now cease for 2018.

He said council was confident council had fully complied with its strict dredging licence conditions.

The dredging program, which is partially funded by the state government’s Rescuing Our Waterways program, has seen North Entrance, Karagi Point and The Entrance beaches benefit from sand nourishment as a result of the dredging program, the council said.

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