- 45 coastal planning and management projects share in 2018-19 grants
- Coastal projects from Broome to Esperance to benefit from extra funding
Over $1.6 million in shared grants funding has been awarded to 45 projects across Western Australia's coastal regions to support coastal management work and improved coastal amenities.
Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) and Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program (CMPAP) grants support the planning and sustainable management of coastal areas vulnerable to risks such as erosion and inundation.
The 2018-19 round of CAP grants has been boosted to $1.05 million, up from last year's total of $756,540, allowing 21 projects – more than double last year's number – to be allocated funds.
The CAP grants funding supports local managers to better understand and protect the State's coastline.
The City of Busselton received the largest share of CAP grants this year, with $281,000 for four projects. Seventeen key locations extending from Broome to Esperance will benefit from various grant amounts including $15,000 for shoreline monitoring at Broome; $125,000 for sand replenishment work between the dog beach and the foreshore car park at the City of Wanneroo's Quinns Beach; and $110,000 for sand nourishment along Norseman Road in the Shire of Esperance.
Another 24 projects have been awarded Coastwest and CMPAP grants totalling $555,000, to improve coastal amenity and address coastal hazards.
Four CMPAP grants will share in $180,000 to undertake strategic planning for coastal areas vulnerable to risks such as erosion and inundation. A further 20 Coastwest grants totalling $375,000 have been awarded to projects that enhance coastal conditions and amenity, such as weed management, shoreline monitoring, and dune restoration.
The CAP grants are administered by the Department of Transport and the CMPAP and Coastwest grants are administered by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
For the full list of funded projects visit http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/Coastal-planning-and-management.aspx and http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/capgrants
Comments attributed to Acting Transport; Planning; Lands Minister Bill Johnston:
"Western Australia's 20,000 kilometres of coastline is among our most valuable and internationally recognised natural assets.
"The State Government is proud to continue to support the vast and challenging work undertaken by local coastal managers, community groups and countless volunteers, to protect and maintain this vulnerable asset.
"Working in partnership with local coastal managers to address management issues and protect the WA coastline provides significant benefits to the State and the community.
"We all love to live and relax on our coastline and it is a big part of the attraction to tourists visiting our State.
"The 45 local projects funded in the latest round of coastal grants are vital in gaining a better understanding of coastal processes and ensuring the protection of vulnerable public assets."
Minister's office - 6552 5500