Running Aground in Tea Gardens

LOW TIDE: ‘The Gut’ at Tea Gardens.
LOW TIDE: ‘The Gut’ at Tea Gardens.

 

Many boaties and river enthusiasts believe it’s crunch time when it comes to the need for dredging the Myall in the mooring area known as “The Gut” which hugs the Tea Gardens foreshore.

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But while there’s a desperate need, there’s no money forthcoming from the NSW Government.

Once again it comes down to a battle between MidCoast Council and Crown Lands.

Here’s a little history.

“The Gut” was last dredged way back in 1961.

For many decades it was a safe haven for large boats, but now these vessels can only be accessed in the top quarter of the full tide.

Requests for dredging the channel began over three years ago.

Submissions were made to the then Great Lakes Council, which conducted all the necessary studies required by the State Government.

Fast forward and the now MidCoast Council requested NSW Government funding of around $200,000.

The reason, mooring fees are paid to Crown Lands and Maritime Services.

Last week Gordon Grainger from the Myall River Action Group was told there would be no monies forthcoming from Crown Lands and that the responsibility for dredging “The Gut” and the cost, rested firmly on the shoulders of MidCoast Council.

The Government Agency justified its decision by saying that the Myall River is considered a local waterway.

“The response from Crown Lands is nothing short of immoral and a complete disregard for this and other similar communities along the NSW coast,” Gordon Grainger told News Of The Area.

“What chance do these boat owners have of regaining use of their vessels, despite loyally paying their annual mooring fees,” Mr Grainger said.

“The possibility of serious damage increases as the depth lessens.’’

 

By Margie TIERNEY

 

MYALL RIVER ACTION GROUP: Gordon Grainger.
MYALL RIVER ACTION GROUP: Gordon Grainger.

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