Protection of the Western Australian coastline has been boosted with the State Government allocating more than $1 million to local authorities for urgent coastal management projects.
Announcing the Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grants for 2014-15 today, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said 16 projects from Esperance to Perth would share $1,057,500 for construction, design, monitoring or investigation work.
“The largest funding allocation was secured by the City of Busselton which received a total of $533,000 for seven projects, including the largest individual project grant of $259,000 for works to stabilise the foreshore at Locke Estate,” Mr Nalder said. “The City of Wanneroo received the second largest grant of $123,000 for monitoring, data collection and modelling to develop long-term coastal management options for Quinns Beach.
“The projects will provide a better understanding of coastal processes and ensure coastal assets are protected from the effects of ocean forces into the future.”
The CAP grants program, administered by the Department of Transport, also provides coastal engineering support and guidance to local governments which are responsible for the management of most of the Western Australian coast.
“The coastline is one of the State’s most valuable assets and CAP grants foster a partnership between State and local government in work to protect it,” the Minister said.
Coastal managers can apply for grants representing 50 per cent of the total cost of sustainable coastal management projects. Activities include coastal monitoring, planning and investigations, asset management and maintenance, and construction works.
Press Release, July 11, 2014