A group of businesses and organizations in Australia have teamed up to clean up the Sydney Harbor, aiming to make the harbor swimmable again, according to The Australian newspaper. The group has joined forces with five local authorities — the City of Sydney, the City of Manly, Sydney Port Corporation, Sydney Water, and the New South Wales government — to create a $70 million clean-up plan. That amount is double the original $30 million budget.
“Sydney Harbor is our greatest natural asset, and everyone has a role to play in making it a better place for recreation, for recreation-based activity, and also recreation-based business activity,” Mr. Carr said.
The clean-up effort will involve dredging an area near Bondi Beach and Kirribilli and other unnamed locations and using a new type of material, called underwater hull cement, to create a layer of fresh water between the toxic mud on either side of the water, according to The Australian. It also plans to clean out the draft mud from a nearby wharf.
The group said it hopes to be able to meet a November 2020 deadline to finish the project.