The Carnarvon Shire may be able to persuade the State Government to dredge the fascine channel, allowing access to the sea for boats once again if a critical report arrives on time. Department of Transport director Donna West issued a statement, saying they had discussed the fascine’s maintenance dredging, which was subject to a 1995 Management Deed between the Shire and Transport Minister. Ms West said her department had granted the Shire $38,250 from its Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme in 2017-18 to fund a study to identify options for “optimal permanent solutions” for fascine access issues. “The parties discussed possible changes to the deed, including the possibility of DoT taking some responsibility with the Shire for fascine maintenance dredging in recognition of the location of the DoT boat ramp within the fascine,” she said. “However, a renegotiation of the deed could only begin following the completion of the current study ... to determine the best long-term solution for the fascine access issues.” Her comments came after Carnarvon boat and business owners announced plans to stage a flotilla on February 2 in a demonstration urging the Government to take responsibility for dredging. The deed would need to be renegotiated soon if the dredging is to be included in the 2020 State Budget, which is generally finalised in May. Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said they needed their study to be finalised. “I am going to ask the CEO to get in touch with the company doing that study,” he said.