Boating users to benefit from Dover Park gangway upgrade

11/12/2019

Boaters enjoying the waters off Dover Park will benefit from a gangway upgrade thanks to the generosity of Kogarah Bay Ward Councillors Nick Katris and Stephen Agius.

The Councillors explained they felt compelled to respond to concerns of boaters, particularly members of Kogarah Bay Sailability, regarding their inability to use the Dover Park East pontoon at low tide.  

“Sailability is a not-for-profit organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with disability,” said Councillor Katris.

“Accessibility to the Dover Park gangway has been reduced as a result of sedimentation build up within Kogarah Bay and we want to help remedy the problem so the whole community can use it safely,” Councillor Katris added.

Councillors Katris and Agius joined forces to resolve the problem by contributing $80,000 of Kogarah Bay funding towards the project from the Councillors’ Minor Capital Works Fund.

“The increased sediment build-up is causing the pontoon to sit on the bottom of the bay at low tide, thereby affecting accessibility of the boating infrastructure,” said Councillor Agius.

“We weren’t going to be dissuaded from contributing to the project just because we sit on the border of Blakehurst Ward, which Dover Park sits within – the boating community who enjoy and use this space aren’t confined to only one ward.

“We’re keen to provide beneficial infrastructure for all Georges River residents, no matter which ward they’re in,” added Councillor Agius.

Upon completion of feasibility studies and sediment migration modelling commissioned by Council, it is proposed that a longer gangway will be installed and existing infrastructure will be moved beyond the sediment accumulation zone.  

Modelling has determined that extending the gangway will ensure that enhanced access is maintained into the future for boaters on Kogarah Bay.