MBRC Sediment Sampling Fieldwork – Pacific Harbour Canal Estate – DELAYED UNTIL END OF FEBRUARY 2020

Today we have been advised that the Consultant (SMEC) and their Sub-contractor (Pacific Geotech) will be mobilising for the sediment sampling fieldwork next week, with the following dates proposed:

  • Pacific Harbour Canal - Thursday, 20 February 2020

If residents should have any questions on the sediment sampling work, we ask that they email: InfrastructurePlanningMBRC@moretonbay.qld.gov.au


The weather forecast looks promising so this programme should be final, but I will update you if there are further modifications to the programme.

Further to our previous email dated 31 January 2020 regarding the above subject matter, we wish to advise that the Sediment Sampling fieldwork at the Bribie Gardens and Pacific Harbour Canal Estates has been delayed.  We expect that the new date for mobilisation to site will be during the last week of February.  However, we will confirm this as soon as the Consultant has advised us of their new dates.


Council has commissioned consultants SMEC Australia Pty Ltd to undertake a Sediment Sampling program at both the Pacific Harbour and Bribie Gardens canal estates.

The program of work will be used to support the design and Statutory Approval applications for future dredging campaigns.  The sampling program is carried out in accordance with the relevant State/National guidelines and standards, and includes assessment of contaminants of potential concern, assessment of potential acid sulfate soils and analysis of the basic nature and properties of the sediments to be dredged.  Approximately 8 sample locations at each canal will be accessed by a boat (approx. 6m x 2.5m in size) and will use a small vibro-core sampler to retrieve sediment from the seabed.

The fieldwork program is due to start in the week commencing Monday, 17 February 2020.  It is expected that the work will take between 2-4 days to complete, depending on progress and sequence of the work as well as weather conditions at that time.  Recreational boat users should be encouraged to slow down and limit wash when approaching the workboat.

If residents should have any questions on the sediment sampling work, we ask that they email MBRC :    InfrastructurePlanningMBRC@moretonbay.qld.gov.au