The Minister for Planning has announced grants worth $4 million for 54 projects that plan, manage and protect Western Australia’s coast. Funding is provided through the CoastWA program, developed in response to the findings of the Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in WA undertaken in 2018.
Projects include addressing erosion at Thomson Bay South on Rottnest, and design and approval of new groynes at Emu Point in Albany. The Shire of Broome will receive to manage Cable and Town beaches, and several metropolitan beaches including Swanbourne and Leighton Beach in Fremantle will see funding for projects including weed control, biodiversity restoration and dune rehabilitation. Additionally, six local governments will receive funding to complete coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plans which are the first step in identifying coastal hazards such as erosion and resulting long-term management actions.
The grants are provided by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, and the Department of Transport.
Story supplied by DPLH (Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage).
Top photo: Cottesloe Coastcare