Opureora Channel Dredging Project
For many years, the Opureora Channel has been used as a primary accessway for boat traffic between Matakana Island and the mainland at Omokoroa.
It provides a critical lifeline for island residents that need to access emergency services, transport goods, and conduct their work or personal business on the mainland.
Sediment movement in Tauranga Harbour has caused a shallowing of the channel in recent years, limiting access to the Matakana Island wharf and jetty at Opureora, especially at low tide.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has obtained resource consents to dredge the channel to improve low tide access. The dredged sediments will be used for beach nourishment on the foreshore of Opureora Spit. See the map below.
Regional Council has contracted Hydra-Care to complete the dredging work from 3 April 2017. Site set-up will commence from mid-March. The dredging work is expected to take approximately eight weeks.
The dredging operation is not expected to interfere with normal boat access around the jetty, wharf or channel area.
To find out more, contact Bruce Gardner, phone 0800 884 880.
Dredging location map
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