Dredging in the Settlement Shores canal system will begin in November this year.
The works will address areas where the depth has been impacted by sedimentation, tidal movements and boat wash.
As part of the dredging operations a pre-work survey of the entire canal system will be undertaken to identify the existing floor levels.
This survey will identify those areas where there is satisfactory depth and those where the movement of sands/silt has compromised the available depth.
It is these areas identified as compromised by the survey which will be targeted by the dredging operations.
The dredging will ensure the canal system continues to be safe to access for the boating public, whilst also preserving the shoreline and ensuring the stability of canal infrastructure.
Council director Dan Bylsma said that an updated canal management plan (CMP) was developed in 2017, which identified areas where the canal depth had changed.
"During the development of the plan, two engagement sessions took place with canal residents," said Mr Bylsma.
"Feedback from residents outlined that dredging needed to occur as a priority, to maintain the canals, ensuring a safe depth for boats, and to restore the shape of beaches.
"Over $1.1 million in funding has been allocated to the dredging."
Birdon Pty Ltd will undertake the work on behalf of council, with the dredging expected to be completed by April 2020, including a scheduled shutdown over the Christmas/New Year period.
"Council would like to thank canal residents for their involvement in developing the maintenance plan, and patience whilst environmental approvals and funding was secured," Mr Bylsma added.
Further information, including the canal maintenance plan can be found on council's website.
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