New $3 million dredge for Cape Jaffa

Kingston District Council and Cape Jaffa Development Company have bought a $3 million dredge to be used at Cape Jaffa marina. 

It was announced today that a 55 tonne Cutter Suction Dredge has been bought from Netherlands company Damen.

Damen has a good reputation worldwide. 

Both Kingston council and Cape Jaffa Development Company have put in $1.5 million, and council will have full ownership. 

The council and the Cape Jaffa Development Company have been discussing the dredge for 12 months and it will be used to clear sand from the western side of the breakwater at the marina. 

It will be transported from the Netherlands to Port Adelaide in seven shipping containers before being assembled at Cape Jaffa and is expected to arrive around March/April.

This will improve the long-term management of Cape Jaffa.  

At the announcement ceremony at Cape Jaffa, Kingston mayor Reg Lyon said: “It will be a benefit to the marina and community. Cape Jaffa will hopefully now see an atmosphere change and it will flourish.

“We are very grateful for the partnership between council and Cape Jaffa Development Company.”

Sole director of Cape Jaffa Management David Lucas said: “It is a great feeling to work with council and it will be a good asset for the whole district.

“It has been a long slog to get to where we are today.

“There is finally a solution and a sand management plan in place and can be utilised all year long.”

Kingston CEO Andrew MacDonald  said: "I'm thrilled that we have a plan for the future of Cape Jaffa.”

Ten days of sand dredging from the current dredge in Kingston will take the new dredge only one day.

Once the dredge has been assembled council will work as quickly as possible to begin dredging. 

Both parties believe this will ensure the long-term success of the marina and its future developments.

The new dredge will boost confidence and ensure ocean access is maintained throughout the year.

In February, 2005, in conjunction with the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Development approval process, an Environmental Impact Study was conducted to understand the impact of the proposed development.

The EIS was clear that the proposed breakwaters would significantly interrupt the flow of sand from west to east along the coast and as a result there will be a need to implement an ongoing sand management plan.