Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney said Batavia Coast coastal managers can now apply for State Government funds to help protect their coastline.
Calling for submissions in the latest round of Coastal Adaptation and Protection grants, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said $1 million was again available to coastal managers in 2015-16.
Mr Blayney said local Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grants are available to public bodies responsible for coastal management, including:
- Local governments.
- State government agencies.
- Aboriginal land councils.
- Other corporate bodies directly involved with coastal management.
Mr Blayney said the Batavia Coast like all of WA’scoastline is one of the State’s most valuable assets.
Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grants are available for coastal projects such as:
- Coastal monitoring.
- Adaptation planning.
- Asset management.
- Coastal adaptation.
- Maintenance works.
Projects involving estuaries and rivers are not eligible for a CAP grant.
The grants program helps coastal managers better understand and adapt to the challenges presented by the WA coastline they are responsible for.
This is achieved through thorough investigation of local coastal hazards including erosion, accretion and inundation.
Coastal managers are invited to apply for grants up to 50 per cent of the total cost of a project.
Last year, 16 local authorities shared $1,057,500.
Submissions close on April 6, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/capgrants