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 Kimberley||Documenting and managing Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi sea country||Document and map sea country and coastal habitats to allow future coastal planning and track historical changes||$42,943|
|Cambridge Coastcare||Cambridge Coastcare helicopter car-park dune restoration||Restore vegetation to cover for dune fronting Floreat Beach Park||$8,868|
|Cambridge Coastcare||Improving coastal dune monitoring & management – Phase 2||Build on coastal dune monitoring data captured in 2018-19 to identify coastline trends||$10,240|
|City of Albany||Princess Royal Harbour Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan||Development of Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)||$100,000|
|City of Albany||Emu Point Groyne Field Design and approvals||Completion of Emu Point Groyne field optimisation modelling and design||$230,000|
|City of Bunbury||Maintenance of Leschenault Inlet inner training walls||Coastal structure design for refurbishment of Leschenault Inlet training walls||$20,000|
|City of Busselton||Coastal monitoring (year 9)||Coastal data collection including aerial photos, site photos, beach surveys||$45,000|
|City of Busselton||Mitigation of coastal flooding||Risk assessment of coastal flooding through inspection of stormwater outlets and coastal dunes||$25,000|
|City of Busselton||Sand nourishment||Sand nourishment of public foreshore along Geographe Bay such as Dunsborough and Broadwater||$50,000|
|City of Cockburn||C Y O’Connor Beach engineered fringing reef||Installation of nearshore engineered reef modules as coastal management trial||$214,349|
|City of Fremantle||Port Beach Large-scale Sand Nourishment||Detail design and construction||$3,250,000|
|City of Fremantle||South Beach and Bathers Beach coastal monitoring program||Coastal data gathering and data analysis of previously available data||$44,750|
|City of Fremantle and Town of Mosman Park||Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches coastal monitoring program – 2021/2022 data collection||Collection of site and remote time-lapse photos, beach surveys and storm monitoring||$18,750|
|City of Greater Geraldton||Drummond Cove Erosion Protection||Drummond Cove groyne construction and sand nourishment||$600,000|
|City of Greater Geraldton||Monitoring coastal hotspots||Periodic beach surveys at all of the City’s coastal erosion hotspots||$19,000|
|City of Greater Geraldton||Point Moore Dune Stabilisation and Access Control||Increase dune stability and sand capture through a combination of access management, brushing, planting, and sand trapping fencing||$38,000|
|City of Joondalup||Coastal monitoring program 2021-22||Collection of site photos, shoreline movement and beach surveys data||$24,908|
|City of Joondalup||Sand bypassing program 2021-22||Sand bypassing from Sorrento Beach to Hillarys Beach||$89,800|
|City of Karratha||Cleaverville Foreshore Management Plan Implementation||Implement the recommendations of the Cleaverville Foreshore Management Plan to close and rehabilitate tracks||$37,500|
|City of Nedlands||Swanbourne Coastal Dunes Greenway Corridor Enhancement||Increase 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 Cambridge||16,524.20|
|City of Rockingham||Point Peron Coastal Management||Point Peron spur groyne refurbishment construction||$650,000|
|City of Stirling||City of Stirling coastal monitoring||Coastal data collection program from Brighton Beach to Watermans Bay||$30,000|
|City of Stirling||Mettams sand nourishment||Sand nourishment at Mettams Pool||$190,000|
|City of Wanneroo||Quinns Beach Groyne Construction||Completion of Quinns Beach groyne construction||$500,000|
|City of Wanneroo||Aerial coastal survey of beaches and coastal structures||Aerial LiDAR survey of the City’s coastline and coastal structures||$22,905|
|City of Wanneroo||Installation of remote monitoring cameras for ongoing coastal monitoring||Installation of five remote photo monitoring points at Quinns Beach and Yanchep||$12,500|
|City of Wanneroo||Two Rocks Sea Wrack Management||Trials to push accumulated sea wrack back into the ocean to improve beach conditions and reduce odour issues||$8,200|
|Cockburn Coastcare||Stabilisation of C Y O’Connor erosion hotspot, Rollinson Road dunes, Cockburn||Stabilise an identified erosion hotspot using geotextile sand bags, sand renourishment, jute matting installation, vegetation restoration planting and protective fencing||$59,630|
|Friends of Freo Beaches||Leighton Beach F8-F12 frontal dune stabilisation project||Dune stabilisation through sand trap fencing, and weeding and planting||$6,378.39|
|Friends of Hillarys and Kallaroo Foreshore||Restoration activities; engage, involve, educate and inspire community coastcare||Community-led rehabilitation actions including fencing, weed monitoring, mapping, and planting of native plants to stabilise dunes||$11,245|
|Friends of North Ocean Reef-Iluka Foreshore||Restoring Bush Forever Site 325 at Iluka – North Ocean Reef Foreshore||Restoration and protection of the biodiversity of the northern end of Bush Forever site 325||$16,480|
|Friends of Sorrento Beach & Marmion Foreshore||Marmion/Sorrento Coastal Foreshore Reserve Rehabilitation 2021-2022||Rehabilitation of the Marmion and Sorrento Coastal Foreshore Reserves||$15,200|
|Northern Agricultural Catchments Council||Collaborating Coastcare in the Northern Agricultural Region||Supporting Coastcare groups to deliver a series of coastal conservation events||$5,000|
|Peron Naturaliste Partnership||Beach profile surveys and sediment sampling||Collection of beach surveys and sediment analysis at various locations within 9 local governments area||$15,300|
|Peron Naturaliste Partnership||Real-time monitoring of coastal community values||Utilise existing CoastSnap community beach monitoring sites, as a tool to support the collection of real-time community coastal social values||$6,538.86|
|Perth NRM||Activating the Kwinana-Rockingham Coastcare Community||Supporting Coastcare groups to deliver a series of coastal conservation events||$21,608|
|Perth NRM||Coastal Capacity Building Program in the Perth Region||Engage Coastcare volunteers in training, knowledge sharing, skills development and education focused on coastal conservation and restoration||$30,000|
|Rottnest Island Authority||South Thomson Revetment||Detail design and construction||$1,770,000|
|Rottnest Island Authority||Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) for Rottnest Island||Coastal hazard assessment for Rottnest Island to support development of complete CHRMAP for Rottnest Island||$25,000|
|Shire of Augusta Margaret River||Geophysical assessment – Augusta South||Geophysical assessment at Augusta South, covering approximately 2.5km of coastline||$25,000|
|Shire of Augusta Margaret River||Gnarabup Beach sand nourishment||Sand nourishment at Gnarabup Beach||$15,000|
|Shire of Broome||Cable Beach protection detailed design||Detailed design of buried coastal structure at Cable Beach||$68,988|
|Shire of Broome||Broome Town Beach Foreshore Management Plan||Development of foreshore management plan for Broome Town Beach||$25,000|
|Shire of Broome and Nyamba Buru Yawuru||Shoreline monitoring of Broome townsite||Beach surveys using UAV and collection of site photos||$13,515|
|Shire of Dandaragan||Jurien Bay Central Foreshore Adaptation Investigation||Investigation of retreat and protection options for the Jurien Bay Central Foreshore||$50,000|
|Shire of Dandaragan||Turquoise Way Path Shingle Avenue Realignment||Realign the Turquoise Way Path in accordance with the Shire of Dandaragan CHRMAP||$55,000|
|Shire of Denmark||Ocean Beach retaining wall maintenance and refurbishment||Structure condition inspection, detail design and construction to maintain and refurbish retaining wall at Ocean Beach||$55,775|
|Shire of Exmouth||Exmouth Townsite Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan||Development of CHRMAP||$90,000|
|Shire of Gingin||Gingin Coastal Management Strategy||Development of coastal management strategy||$100,000|
|Shire of Gingin||Interim adaptation solution for managing erosion at Lancelin||Sand nourishment at Grace Darling Park in Lancelin||$31,000|
|Shire of Manjimup||Windy Harbour Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan||Development of CHRMAP||$50,000|
|Shire of Ravensthorpe||Hopetoun Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan||Development of CHRMAP||$100,000|
|Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare Inc||Increasing species diversity and habitat across the City of Stirling coastline||Increase biodiversity at selected sites between South Trigg and Beach Road using infill planting||$49,510|
|Town of Cottesloe||Town of Cottesloe Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan||Development of CHRMAP||$100,000|
|Town of Cottesloe||Grant Street Dune Restoration Project (N5-N6)||Ecological restoration of Cottesloe’s coastline||$6,738|
|Town of Cottesloe||Cottesloe’s Coastal Monitoring Project and Community Engagement||Continuation of 10-year photographic monitoring project (currently in 7th year)||$11,800|
|Town of East Fremantle||Town of East Fremantle Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan||Development of CHRMAP||$47,750|
|Town of Mosman Park||Mosman Beach Rehabilitation Project||Revegetation at Mosman Beach with infill planting||$17,326|