$18.5 million for program to fight erosion and protect coastline

  • McGowan Government allocates $18.5 million over the next five years to fight erosion and protect Western Australia’s coastline
  • Takes total program funding to $33.5 million with grants awarded every year
  • 2019 Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots report found 55 hotspots needed to be monitored
  • Funding delivered as part of the 2021-22 State Budget
  • The McGowan Labor Government has allocated an additional $18.5 million in the 2021-22 State Budget to manage the impacts of coastal erosion and protect Western Australia’s coastline.

    The program, which now has $33.5 million of funding over the next five years, will help address key issues outlined in the 2019 Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots.

    The report identified 55 hotspots where coastal erosion is expected to be a threat to coastal values and assets, and an additional 31 watch list locations for future investigation.

    The new funding will help local coastal managers to prepare Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plans, collect data, enable community engagement, training and education, and deliver priority implementation actions.

    This funding builds on the coastal grants administered to local governments and key stakeholders each year by the State Government, as well as the $5 million allocated to address four priority areas as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

    In 2020, the McGowan Government successfully secured Infrastructure Australia’s endorsement for a national coastal erosion strategy which was identified as a high priority on its Infrastructure Priority List.

    The McGowan Government continues to advocate for a coordinated national approach to address coastal erosion, with the Premier previously raising the issue at COAG.  

    As stated by Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “We have some of the most beautiful beaches here in Western Australia and they are loved by locals and tourists alike.

    “However, they are very fragile environments and it’s important we have the right programs in place to protect our coastline, now and into the future.

    “Due to our strong management of the State Budget, we have capacity to allocate an additional $18.5 million, over the next five years, to fight coastal erosion and protect our coastline.

    “This builds on the $5 million we allocated last year through the WA Recovery Plan, and the grants we administer to local governments and key groups each year.

    “The new funding will go towards addressing key hotspots highlighted in the 2019 report, helping to form Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plans and collect data to inform future solutions.

    “We will continue to work to address coastal erosion, while also advocating for a nationwide approach to manage this issue.”

    Grants recently announced

    Environs KimberleyDocumenting and managing Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi sea countryDocument and map sea country and coastal habitats to allow future coastal planning and track historical changes$42,943
    Cambridge CoastcareCambridge Coastcare helicopter car-park dune restorationRestore vegetation to cover for dune fronting Floreat Beach Park$8,868
    Cambridge CoastcareImproving coastal dune monitoring & management – Phase 2Build on coastal dune monitoring data captured in 2018-19 to identify coastline trends$10,240
    City of AlbanyPrincess Royal Harbour Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanDevelopment of Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)$100,000
    City of AlbanyEmu Point Groyne Field Design and approvalsCompletion of Emu Point Groyne field optimisation modelling and design$230,000
    City of BunburyMaintenance of Leschenault Inlet inner training wallsCoastal structure design for refurbishment of Leschenault Inlet training walls $20,000
    City of BusseltonCoastal monitoring (year 9)Coastal data collection including aerial photos, site photos, beach surveys$45,000
    City of Busselton Mitigation of coastal floodingRisk assessment of coastal flooding through inspection of stormwater outlets and coastal dunes$25,000
    City of Busselton Sand nourishmentSand nourishment of public foreshore along Geographe Bay such as Dunsborough and Broadwater$50,000
    City of CockburnC Y O’Connor Beach engineered fringing reefInstallation of nearshore engineered reef modules as coastal management trial $214,349
    City of FremantlePort Beach Large-scale Sand NourishmentDetail design and construction $3,250,000
    City of FremantleSouth Beach and Bathers Beach coastal monitoring programCoastal data gathering and data analysis of previously available data$44,750
    City of Fremantle and Town of Mosman ParkPort, Leighton and Mosman beaches coastal monitoring program – 2021/2022 data collectionCollection of site and remote time-lapse photos, beach surveys and storm monitoring$18,750
    City of Greater GeraldtonDrummond Cove Erosion ProtectionDrummond Cove groyne construction and sand nourishment$600,000
    City of Greater GeraldtonMonitoring coastal hotspotsPeriodic beach surveys at all of the City’s coastal erosion hotspots$19,000
    City of Greater GeraldtonPoint Moore Dune Stabilisation and Access ControlIncrease dune stability and sand capture through a combination of access management, brushing, planting, and sand trapping fencing$38,000
    City of JoondalupCoastal monitoring program 2021-22 Collection of site photos, shoreline movement and beach surveys data$24,908
    City of JoondalupSand bypassing program 2021-22Sand bypassing from Sorrento Beach to Hillarys Beach$89,800
    City of KarrathaCleaverville Foreshore Management Plan ImplementationImplement the recommendations of the Cleaverville Foreshore Management Plan to close and rehabilitate tracks$37,500
    City of NedlandsSwanbourne Coastal Dunes Greenway Corridor EnhancementIncrease the ecological integrity of the entire coastal corridor by enhancing linkages to adjacent coastal areas within Allen Park as well as coastal areas in Cottesloe and Cambridge16,524.20
    City of RockinghamPoint Peron Coastal ManagementPoint Peron spur groyne refurbishment construction$650,000
    City of StirlingCity of Stirling coastal monitoringCoastal data collection program from Brighton Beach to Watermans Bay$30,000
    City of StirlingMettams sand nourishmentSand nourishment at Mettams Pool$190,000
    City of WannerooQuinns Beach Groyne ConstructionCompletion of Quinns Beach groyne construction$500,000
    City of WannerooAerial coastal survey of beaches and coastal structuresAerial LiDAR survey of the City’s coastline and coastal structures$22,905
    City of WannerooInstallation of remote monitoring cameras for ongoing coastal monitoringInstallation of five remote photo monitoring points at Quinns Beach and Yanchep $12,500
    City of WannerooTwo Rocks Sea Wrack ManagementTrials to push accumulated sea wrack back into the ocean to improve beach conditions and reduce odour issues$8,200
    Cockburn CoastcareStabilisation of C Y O’Connor erosion hotspot, Rollinson Road dunes, CockburnStabilise an identified erosion hotspot using geotextile sand bags, sand renourishment, jute matting installation, vegetation restoration planting and protective fencing$59,630
    Friends of Freo BeachesLeighton Beach F8-F12 frontal dune stabilisation projectDune stabilisation through sand trap fencing, and weeding and planting$6,378.39
    Friends of Hillarys and Kallaroo ForeshoreRestoration activities; engage, involve, educate and inspire community coastcareCommunity-led rehabilitation actions including fencing, weed monitoring, mapping, and planting of native plants to stabilise dunes$11,245
    Friends of North Ocean Reef-Iluka ForeshoreRestoring Bush Forever Site 325 at Iluka – North Ocean Reef ForeshoreRestoration and protection of the biodiversity of the northern end of Bush Forever site 325$16,480
    Friends of Sorrento Beach & Marmion ForeshoreMarmion/Sorrento Coastal Foreshore Reserve Rehabilitation 2021-2022Rehabilitation of the Marmion and Sorrento Coastal Foreshore Reserves$15,200
    Northern Agricultural Catchments Council Collaborating Coastcare in the Northern Agricultural RegionSupporting Coastcare groups to deliver a series of coastal conservation events $5,000
    Peron Naturaliste PartnershipBeach profile surveys and sediment samplingCollection of beach surveys and sediment analysis at various locations within 9 local governments area$15,300
    Peron Naturaliste PartnershipReal-time monitoring of coastal community valuesUtilise existing CoastSnap community beach monitoring sites, as a tool to support the collection of real-time community coastal social values$6,538.86
    Perth NRMActivating the Kwinana-Rockingham Coastcare CommunitySupporting Coastcare groups to deliver a series of coastal conservation events $21,608
    Perth NRMCoastal Capacity Building Program in the Perth RegionEngage Coastcare volunteers in training, knowledge sharing, skills development and education focused on coastal conservation and restoration$30,000
    Rottnest Island AuthoritySouth Thomson RevetmentDetail design and construction $1,770,000
    Rottnest Island AuthorityCoastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) for Rottnest IslandCoastal hazard assessment for Rottnest Island to support development of complete CHRMAP for Rottnest Island$25,000
    Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverGeophysical assessment – Augusta SouthGeophysical assessment at Augusta South, covering approximately 2.5km of coastline$25,000
    Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverGnarabup Beach sand nourishmentSand nourishment at Gnarabup Beach$15,000
    Shire of BroomeCable Beach protection detailed designDetailed design of buried coastal structure at Cable Beach$68,988
    Shire of BroomeBroome Town Beach Foreshore Management PlanDevelopment of foreshore management plan for Broome Town Beach $25,000
    Shire of Broome and Nyamba Buru Yawuru Shoreline monitoring of Broome townsiteBeach surveys using UAV and collection of site photos$13,515
    Shire of DandaraganJurien Bay Central Foreshore Adaptation InvestigationInvestigation of retreat and protection options for the Jurien Bay Central Foreshore$50,000
    Shire of DandaraganTurquoise Way Path Shingle Avenue RealignmentRealign the Turquoise Way Path in accordance with the Shire of Dandaragan CHRMAP$55,000
    Shire of DenmarkOcean Beach retaining wall maintenance and refurbishmentStructure condition inspection, detail design and construction to maintain and refurbish retaining wall at Ocean Beach$55,775
    Shire of ExmouthExmouth Townsite Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanDevelopment of CHRMAP$90,000
    Shire of GinginGingin Coastal Management StrategyDevelopment of coastal management strategy$100,000
    Shire of GinginInterim adaptation solution for managing erosion at LancelinSand nourishment at Grace Darling Park in Lancelin$31,000
    Shire of ManjimupWindy Harbour Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanDevelopment of CHRMAP$50,000
    Shire of RavensthorpeHopetoun Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanDevelopment of CHRMAP$100,000
    Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare IncIncreasing species diversity and habitat across the City of Stirling coastlineIncrease biodiversity at selected sites between South Trigg and Beach Road using infill planting$49,510
    Town of CottesloeTown of Cottesloe Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanDevelopment of CHRMAP$100,000
    Town of CottesloeGrant Street Dune Restoration Project (N5-N6)Ecological restoration of Cottesloe’s coastline$6,738
    Town of CottesloeCottesloe’s Coastal Monitoring Project and Community EngagementContinuation of 10-year photographic monitoring project (currently in 7th year) $11,800
    Town of East FremantleTown of East Fremantle Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanDevelopment of CHRMAP$47,750
    Town of Mosman ParkMosman Beach Rehabilitation ProjectRevegetation at Mosman Beach with infill planting$17,326

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