$551,000 for WA coastal projects

Communities across Western Australia will share in $551,000 for strategic coastal planning and to undertake projects that improve the condition and amenity of the State’s coastline.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher recently announced the 23 successful projects to receive funding under the latest round of the State Government’s 2016-17 Coastwest and Coastal Management Plan Assistance program.

Member for Geraldton, Ian Blayney MLA, welcomed the recent announcement and said that local projects- including CapeBurney to Drummond Cove Adaptation Planning,would ensure the community has safer access to our highly-valued coastline and demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to good coastal planning and on-ground management.

Funding is provided to the City of Greater Geraldton to undertake a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) in accordance with the Western Australian Planning Commission’s CHRMAP Guidelines. It will include community forums and concentrate on identification and assessment of adaptation options and implementation planning for the whole coastline of the City of Greater Geraldton area, including Drummond Cove, Beresford Beach and Southgate Dunes.

Ian Blayney said the State Government’s commitment was shared by many people with most projects being led by local governments and involving coastal community volunteers and groups.

The latest funding allocations support the Western Australian Planning Commission’s State Coastal Planning Policy, which guides land use and development along Western Australia’s coast.

For more information about projects in your area visit www.planning.wa.gov.au