$3.5M Grants Aimed at Combatting Coastal Erosion

  • $3.56 million in CoastWA grants now available for coastal planning and management
  • More than $13 million in CoastWA grants provided by State Government since 2020
  • Program targets high-priority sites across the State for coastal management
  • Part of the McGowan Government’s $33.5 million program to manage coastal erosion 

The State Government has called for applications for a further $3.56 million in funding as part of its fight to protect Western Australia’s coastline from coastal erosion.

The CoastWA grants program facilitates and supports coastal land managers to undertake strategic planning, implement sustainable adaptation options, and partner with community groups to undertake on-ground management activities.


Applications are now open for grants through the following programs:

  • Coastwest – up to $60,000 for projects that support education, conservation and protection of coastal areas;
  • Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program (CMPAP) – up to $200,000 to assist coastal land managers in preparing management plans;
  • Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) – up to $400,000 for projects that preserve or enhance coastal assets for the community, and support adaptation to coastal hazards; and
  • Hotspot Coastal Adaptation and Protection (H-CAP) – up to $1.76 million to design and implement works on major projects at coastal erosion hotspots.

H-CAP was established to address 55 coastal erosion hotspots identified as being under threat in 2019 and has seen major works begin at Castletown Beach at Esperance, Sunset Beach at Geraldton and Port Beach at Fremantle. 

Since 2020 more than $13 million has been invested by the State Government to support programs and initiatives that mitigate the impacts of coastal erosion. This form’s part of the State Government’s total investment of $33.5 million towards coastal erosion management.

Coast WA grants are a joint initiative between the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the Department of Transport. Applications close on 3 April 2023.

To apply, visit https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/coastwa-grants 

As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“WA has more than 20,000 kilometres of coastline and a number of internationally recognised coastal locations, which is why this program is so important.

“The CoastWA Program is all about prioritising investment in planning and projects that helps coastal managers protect and enhance our coastline well into the future.

“I encourage all local coastal managers to work with their local community to identify projects and apply for funding from one of the programs. Grants can be used to manage coastal erosion and inundation threats, encourage collaboration between local coastal managers and community organisations and support innovative projects that will ensure the sustainable management of our coastline.

“Last year, 50 projects shared in nearly $4 million grant funding to address coastal issues and today’s call for applications further delivers on our Government’s commitment to protect our coastline.”

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