WALGA Highlights Importance of Coastal Erosion Projects
Real action on climate change is finally becoming a reality with the release of a State Government report assessing those areas most at risk of coastal erosion, the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) said in its latest release.
Commenting the news, WALGA President, Cr Lynne Craigie said that the sector had been calling for the report’s release to allow Councils to engage in broader strategic planning for initiatives and activity.
“Our coastline is a national asset that drives our tourism economy and supports many businesses, as well as being a much loved amenity for all Australians,” Cr Craigie said.
“To lose our local beaches as they currently are would have a huge impact, not only on our individual lifestyles and the social and cultural impacts that would bring – but also to our economy and the tourist appeal that these iconic beaches provide.
“This report will allow us to move forward in both planning and activity, and I was pleased to hear the Premier also confirm that coastal management is a shared responsibility between all three spheres of Government, and that he will be raising this at COAG.”
Cr Craigie pointed to the considerable levels of state government investment in other jurisdictions as setting the standard for the State’s investment.