Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Nominations open for 2012 Coastwest grants

    5/07/2011 12:00 AM
     
    The State Government’s work to protect and conserve the Western Australian coastline continues with nominations opened for the 2012 Coastwest grants.

    Total funding pool for this round of grants is $1.3million, with up to $150,000 available to individual projects.

    Acting Planning Minister John Castrilli said the ongoing funding allocated to community groups through the 2012 Coastwest grants allowed coastal projects to get off the ground.

    “Coastwest grants provide support to volunteers and groups working in partnership with local governments and other land managers to help protect our valuable coastline,” Mr Castrilli said.

    “These people make such an important and significant contribution to the health of our coast and it’s great to see the continued support this program provides.

    “The grants are vital in bringing local communities together with those responsible for managing our coast, in projects that not only protect and enhance coastal areas, but also raise awareness and understanding of the pressures facing our coastal and marine environments.”

    Partnerships of community groups and coastal managers - local governments, Aboriginal Land Councils and State Government departments - have until Thursday, September 29 to apply.

    Previously, funding has been awarded to a wide range of projects, including dune rehabilitation schemes; improvements to coastal access; protection of endangered coastal flora and fauna; and annual coastal clean up initiatives.

    The Minister said that Western Australia boasted some of Australia’s longest and most beautiful coastline.

    “This ongoing investment encourages a continued commitment from the community to our coastlines, which are then enjoyed by locals and visitors alike,” Mr Castrilli said.

    This is the second round of Coastwest grants funded through a partnership between the Western Australian Planning Commission and the Federal Government’s Caring for our Country initiative. 

    Guidelines for applicants are available on the Planning WA website at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/coastwest
    Minister's office - 9213 6600