Grants lock in almost $4 million in coastal conservation projects

  • $3.96 million in coastal erosion grants allocated in program’s second year
  • $2 million to deliver major infrastructure projects at high priority erosion hotspots
  • 50 coastal projects throughout metropolitan and regional WA to benefit
  • More than $13 million in grants provided to 109 coastal projects since 2020
  • Major coastal protection projects in Esperance, Geraldton and Fremantle are among 50 projects to pocket a share in more than $3.96 million in State Government funding through the coastal erosion program.

    The grants are part of the State Government’s $33.5 million strategic response to planning for the management and protection of our coast against the increasing impacts of coastal hazards and ensuring the sustainable land use and development of our coastline for the long-term.

    Grants are also targeted to help coastal land managers prepare and implement plans and strategies, and partner with community groups to undertake on-ground activities identified in coastal management plans and strategies.

    Major projects to receive grant funding through the coastal erosion program for 2022-23 include:

    • $750,000 for a permanent buried pipeline from Bandy Creek Boat Harbour to supply sand and replenish the eroded beach at Castletown Beach in Esperance;
    • $750,000 for construction of four geotextile groynes and sand replenishment at Sunset Beach in Geraldton; and
    • $500,000 to rebuild sand dunes and the upper beach at Port Beach in Fremantle.

    In addition to the grant funding, local coastal managers and community groups will contribute approximately $4.36 million in funding and in-kind donations to deliver the coastal projects in 2022-23.

    For more information on the State Government’s coastal grants program visit CoastWA grants (

    As stated by Planning and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “The CoastWA program continues to provide critical support and funding to coastal management agencies across the State, as they work to mitigate and adapt to the growing impact of coastal erosion.

    “The expanded funding of coastal projects through the CoastWA reflects our Government’s strong commitment to addressing coastal erosion and the impacts of coastal hazards.

    “Our beaches often bear the brunt of severe weather systems, especially during the winter months, so these coastal projects are crucial to protecting our precious asset.

    “Since 2020, our Government has invested more than $13 million in 109 projects that plan for, manage and protect our coastlines against the increasing impacts of our changing climate.”

    Grant recipients

    City of Greater Geraldton Sunset Beach – Groynes and Sand NourishmentConstruction of four 70m Geotextile Sand Container groynes, plus sand nourishment, to address erosion at Sunset Beach.$750,000
    Shire of EsperanceEsperance Bay – Castletown Sand Back-Passing InfrastructureInstallation of a 3.5km long buried pipeline between Bandy Creek Boat Harbour and Castletown Beach to address ongoing erosion.$750,000
    City of FremantlePort Beach Sand Nourishment – Phase 2 Dune Creation and StabilisationA project at the high priority Port Beach hotspot to rebuild sand dunes and the upper beach.$500,000
    City of RockinghamSand nourishment of north-eastern beaches, Warnbro SoundSand nourishment at Warnbro Sound to protect the coast, including the Waikiki Beach coastal erosion hotspot.$196,000
    Shire of CarnarvonCarnarvon and Coral Bay Townsites Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)The CHRMAP will ensure the Shire can plan for and adapt to future coastal hazard risk and support appropriate future development in the Carnarvon and Coral Bay townsites.$150,000
    City of JoondalupSand bypassing program 2022-23 – Year 4 Sand bypassing from Sorrento Beach to Hillarys Beach.$121,716
    City of WannerooQuinns Beach and Yanchep Lagoon sand nourishmentSand nourishment to protect the City of Wanneroo’s coast, including the Quinns coastal erosion hotspot.$118,669
    Shire of IrwinSurf Beach nature-based stabilisation Extend nature-based coastal protection from the Grannies Beach hotspot to Surf Beach.$77,583
    Shire of DundasShire of Dundas South Coast Planning StrategyThe coastal planning strategy will guide the location, form and scale of future use and development within the strategy area as well as a future access network, including strategic access to the coast.$70,000
    City of Greater GeraldtonBluff Point Options AssessmentInvestigate adaptation pathways for Bluff Point and assess available adaptation measures. A Benefit Distribution Analysis will be undertaken if coastal protection works are proposed.$63,300
    Shire of DenmarkReview of Shire of Denmark Coastal Reserves Management PlanReview the Coastal Reserves Management Strategy and Action Plan (2010-2020) to facilitate prioritisation of recommendations to guide long term planning and sustainable management of the Shire’s coastal reserves.$60,000
    Perth NRMCoastal Capacity Building: Empowering Perth’s Southern CommunityThis project will enable Perth NRM’s Coastal & Marine Program to empower community and Coastcare groups, increasing coastal stewardship and provide environmental outcomes. This will be achieved through maintaining and establishing partnerships to deliver three capacity building projects and eighteen community engagements. $56,107
    Perth NRMPerth NRM’s Adopt A Beach ProgramDirectly engage and educate approximately 2,800 students; plant 3,000 native coastal seedlings; improve environmental condition and facilitate removal of marine debris across Perth coasts.$55,202
    Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverLeeuwin Road revetment upgrade and sand nourishmentProtection against coastal erosion impacts on both Leeuwin Road and a highly used coastal pathway.$52,500
    Environs KimberlyGrowing the Intertidal Community of BroomeGrow a community of intertidal citizen scientists and museum experts to document Broome’s intertidal species and habitats in an identification guide, building capacity and social connection to the coast.$50,000
    Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverShire of Augusta Margaret River CHRMAP ReviewThe review of the Shire’s CHRMAP will refine coastal hazard mapping and include a Benefit Distribution Analysis to apportion costs of chosen risk management measures.$50,000
    WA Coastal and Marine Community NetworkCMCN CommConnect: Cultivating Coastal StewardshipIncrease community knowledge and skills to support collaborative coastal management.$50,000
    City of Stirling, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare, Friends of Trigg BushlandRestoring a TEC and increasing species diversity in the Trigg Coastal RegionSpecies rich infill planting, site preparation and a dedicated hand-weeding program. $49,405
    Shire of Esperance and Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal CorporationProtecting Tjaltjraak Boodja Park, Stage 2 Coastal Restoration & Sustainable RecreationFacilitate sustainable coastal recreation and access whilst protecting environmental values and addressing issues at the site at a landscape scale.$44,580
    City of WannerooYanchep Metocean Data CollectionNearshore metocean data collection to feed into the Yanchep Long Term Coastal Management Study.$44,000
    City of Busselton Coastal monitoring – Year 10Coastal data collection program along City of Busselton coastline.$40,625
    City of WannerooAerial coastal survey of beaches and coastal structures – Year 4Aerial LiDAR survey of the City’s coastline and coastal structures.$36,487
    Shire of GinginSand nourishment – Grace Darling Park to Edward Island Point, LancelinSand nourishment around Grace Darling Park in Lancelin, to protect this coastal erosion hotspot$35,200
    Town of Port HedlandSutherland Street Shared Path Dune RehabilitationRevegetation of dune systems adjacent to newly constructed pathway and accessways to increase resistance to erosion and improve biodiversity and ecological outcomes.$33,894
    Shire of CarnarvonPelican Point Sand Drift and ErosionPromote vegetation regrowth and natural dune stabilisation.$33,845
    City of Fremantle, Town of Mosman Park and Fremantle PortsPort, Leighton and Mosman Beaches coastal monitoring program Y22/23 – Year 2Collection of site and remote time-lapse photos, beach surveys and storm monitoring.$31,000
    City of KarrathaPoint Samson Invasive Tree Management and Dune RestorationRemoval of invasive Tamarisk aphylla trees from the sand dunes of Point Samson, followed by rehabilitation and stabilisation of the area with appropriate fencing and revegetation.$30,000
    City of FremantleBathers Beach and South Beach coastal monitoring program Y22-Y23 – Year 2Coastal data gathering and data analysis of previously available data.$28,696
    Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Nature Conservation Margaret RiverImplementation of the Prevelly Gnarabup Foreshore Management PlanInstallation of protective fencing, strategic weed control, brushing, revegetation, education, and community participation in on-ground rehabilitation works.$27,611
    City of CockburnCockburn Coastal Protection Benefit Distribution AnalysisGuide equitable provision of funding for two key coastal locations where major coastal protection works are proposed pursuant to the City’s CHRMAP process.$25,000
    City of WannerooOffshore sediment source investigationsInvestigate pre-selected offshore sediment source sites by assessing sediment quality, thickness, and benthic habitat.$23,590
    Mullaloo Beach Community Group Incorporated.Mullaloo Beach Erosion and Rehabilitation 2022-23Engaging the community in rehabilitation of dune damage and rebuilding fragmented coastal vegetation and biodiversity.$22,800
    Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverGnarabup Beach sand nourishmentSand nourishment at Gnarabup Beach to protect the coastal erosion hotspot.$21,250
    City of Busselton Geographe Bay wave and water level monitoringReal Time Wave and Water Level Monitoring at both Busselton Jetty and the past DoT AWAC location.$20,000
    City of Greater Geraldton and Batavia Coast NetworkGrey’s Beach – Point Moore Stage 2Complete the brushing of all blowout areas.$20,000
    Mid West Ports Authority Geraldton Southern Transport Corridor and Greys Beach conceptual coastal protection strategyPartnership led by Mid West Ports Authority to investigate protection strategies for Greys Beach and Transport Corridor infrastructure.$20,000
    Friends of North Ocean Reef-Iluka foreshore.Rehabilitation of Ocean Reef – Iluka Foreshore ReserveRestoring and protecting the foreshore and biodiversity of the northern end of Bush Forever Site 325. Tasks will include stabilisation and revegetation of a portion of the foredune, plus ongoing hand-weeding and infill planting in other parts of the foreshore reserve. $19,720
    City of Greater GeraldtonMonitoring coastal hotspots – Year 2Periodic beach surveys at all of the City’s coastal erosion hotspots.$19,000
    Town of Cambridge and Cambridge CoastcareFloreat dune restoration Phase 3Complete 3rd phase of dune restoration around Floreat SLSC.$18,265
    City of JoondalupCoastal monitoring program 2022-23 – Year 7Collection of site photos, shoreline movement and beach surveys data.$17,186
    City of StirlingDisability water access ramp – detailed designDesign of a new disability water access ramp at the Mettams Pool hotspot, accommodating to future coastal erosion hazards.$16,155
    Shire of Broome and Nyamba Buru Yawuru Shoreline monitoring of Broome townsite – Year 5Partnership between the Shire and Traditional Custodians to undertake Beach surveys, using a UAV and site photo collection.$15,500
    Shire of WaroonaPreston Beach Dune RestorationRehabilitation through dune brushing.$14,960
    City of StirlingCity of Stirling coastal monitoring – Year 2Coastal data collection from Brighton Beach to Watermans Bay.$14,843
    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Albany Senior High School, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch UniversityAlbany Senior High School Marine Science ProjectCollecting baseline data to help sustainably manage the fish and marine invertebrate populations in the Albany region. $11,452
    City of Greater GeraldtonSunset Beach Dune StabilisationProvide resilience to the Sunset Beach area through the combination of brushing, direct seeding and weed control.$10,000
    Busselton Jetty IncorporatedImpacts of tourism vessels at Busselton JettyDevelop and implement an environmental monitoring program to determine and understand the ecological impacts derived from the operations of marine tourist vessels.$9,020
    CoastSWaP (Southwest and Peel Coastal Management Group)Reconnecting Coastal Communities in the Southwest and Peel RegionIdentify and share regionally relevant coastal management priorities and collaborative opportunities to improve community-led coastal management into the future.$8,184

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