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 (www.wa.gov.au)
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.”
|City of Greater Geraldton||Sunset Beach – Groynes and Sand Nourishment||Construction of four 70m Geotextile Sand Container groynes, plus sand nourishment, to address erosion at Sunset Beach.||$750,000|
|Shire of Esperance||Esperance Bay – Castletown Sand Back-Passing Infrastructure||Installation of a 3.5km long buried pipeline between Bandy Creek Boat Harbour and Castletown Beach to address ongoing erosion.||$750,000|
|City of Fremantle||Port Beach Sand Nourishment – Phase 2 Dune Creation and Stabilisation||A project at the high priority Port Beach hotspot to rebuild sand dunes and the upper beach.||$500,000|
|City of Rockingham||Sand nourishment of north-eastern beaches, Warnbro Sound||Sand nourishment at Warnbro Sound to protect the coast, including the Waikiki Beach coastal erosion hotspot.||$196,000|
|Shire of Carnarvon||Carnarvon 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 Joondalup||Sand bypassing program 2022-23 – Year 4||Sand bypassing from Sorrento Beach to Hillarys Beach.||$121,716|
|City of Wanneroo||Quinns Beach and Yanchep Lagoon sand nourishment||Sand nourishment to protect the City of Wanneroo’s coast, including the Quinns coastal erosion hotspot.||$118,669|
|Shire of Irwin||Surf Beach nature-based stabilisation||Extend nature-based coastal protection from the Grannies Beach hotspot to Surf Beach.||$77,583|
|Shire of Dundas||Shire of Dundas South Coast Planning Strategy||The 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 Geraldton||Bluff Point Options Assessment||Investigate 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 Denmark||Review of Shire of Denmark Coastal Reserves Management Plan||Review 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 NRM||Coastal Capacity Building: Empowering Perth’s Southern Community||This 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 NRM||Perth NRM’s Adopt A Beach Program||Directly 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 River||Leeuwin Road revetment upgrade and sand nourishment||Protection against coastal erosion impacts on both Leeuwin Road and a highly used coastal pathway.||$52,500|
|Environs Kimberly||Growing the Intertidal Community of Broome||Grow 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 River||Shire of Augusta Margaret River CHRMAP Review||The 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 Network||CMCN CommConnect: Cultivating Coastal Stewardship||Increase community knowledge and skills to support collaborative coastal management.||$50,000|
|City of Stirling, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare, Friends of Trigg Bushland||Restoring a TEC and increasing species diversity in the Trigg Coastal Region||Species rich infill planting, site preparation and a dedicated hand-weeding program.||$49,405|
|Shire of Esperance and Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation||Protecting Tjaltjraak Boodja Park, Stage 2 Coastal Restoration & Sustainable Recreation||Facilitate sustainable coastal recreation and access whilst protecting environmental values and addressing issues at the site at a landscape scale.||$44,580|
|City of Wanneroo||Yanchep Metocean Data Collection||Nearshore metocean data collection to feed into the Yanchep Long Term Coastal Management Study.||$44,000|
|City of Busselton||Coastal monitoring – Year 10||Coastal data collection program along City of Busselton coastline.||$40,625|
|City of Wanneroo||Aerial coastal survey of beaches and coastal structures – Year 4||Aerial LiDAR survey of the City’s coastline and coastal structures.||$36,487|
|Shire of Gingin||Sand nourishment – Grace Darling Park to Edward Island Point, Lancelin||Sand nourishment around Grace Darling Park in Lancelin, to protect this coastal erosion hotspot||$35,200|
|Town of Port Hedland||Sutherland Street Shared Path Dune Rehabilitation||Revegetation 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 Carnarvon||Pelican Point Sand Drift and Erosion||Promote vegetation regrowth and natural dune stabilisation.||$33,845|
|City of Fremantle, Town of Mosman Park and Fremantle Ports||Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches coastal monitoring program Y22/23 – Year 2||Collection of site and remote time-lapse photos, beach surveys and storm monitoring.||$31,000|
|City of Karratha||Point Samson Invasive Tree Management and Dune Restoration||Removal 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 Fremantle||Bathers Beach and South Beach coastal monitoring program Y22-Y23 – Year 2||Coastal data gathering and data analysis of previously available data.||$28,696|
|Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Nature Conservation Margaret River||Implementation of the Prevelly Gnarabup Foreshore Management Plan||Installation of protective fencing, strategic weed control, brushing, revegetation, education, and community participation in on-ground rehabilitation works.||$27,611|
|City of Cockburn||Cockburn Coastal Protection Benefit Distribution Analysis||Guide 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 Wanneroo||Offshore sediment source investigations||Investigate 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 2022-23||Engaging the community in rehabilitation of dune damage and rebuilding fragmented coastal vegetation and biodiversity.||$22,800|
|Shire of Augusta Margaret River||Gnarabup Beach sand nourishment||Sand nourishment at Gnarabup Beach to protect the coastal erosion hotspot.||$21,250|
|City of Busselton||Geographe Bay wave and water level monitoring||Real 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 Network||Grey’s Beach – Point Moore Stage 2||Complete the brushing of all blowout areas.||$20,000|
|Mid West Ports Authority||Geraldton Southern Transport Corridor and Greys Beach conceptual coastal protection strategy||Partnership 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 Reserve||Restoring 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 Geraldton||Monitoring coastal hotspots – Year 2||Periodic beach surveys at all of the City’s coastal erosion hotspots.||$19,000|
|Town of Cambridge and Cambridge Coastcare||Floreat dune restoration Phase 3||Complete 3rd phase of dune restoration around Floreat SLSC.||$18,265|
|City of Joondalup||Coastal monitoring program 2022-23 – Year 7||Collection of site photos, shoreline movement and beach surveys data.||$17,186|
|City of Stirling||Disability water access ramp – detailed design||Design 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 5||Partnership between the Shire and Traditional Custodians to undertake Beach surveys, using a UAV and site photo collection.||$15,500|
|Shire of Waroona||Preston Beach Dune Restoration||Rehabilitation through dune brushing.||$14,960|
|City of Stirling||City of Stirling coastal monitoring – Year 2||Coastal 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 University||Albany Senior High School Marine Science Project||Collecting baseline data to help sustainably manage the fish and marine invertebrate populations in the Albany region.||$11,452|
|City of Greater Geraldton||Sunset Beach Dune Stabilisation||Provide resilience to the Sunset Beach area through the combination of brushing, direct seeding and weed control.||$10,000|
|Busselton Jetty Incorporated||Impacts of tourism vessels at Busselton Jetty||Develop 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 Region||Identify and share regionally relevant coastal management priorities and collaborative opportunities to improve community-led coastal management into the future.||$8,184|