Coastal zone and floodplain management
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) works closely with local councils and communities to reduce threats from flooding and coastal storms and ensure that people in NSW are well informed about these risks and better equipped to adapt to climate change. OEH also works with local councils and communities to maintain or improve the health of our estuaries.
To achieve this, OEH supports local government through the:
OEH is also the NSW agency responsible for rural floodplain management in western NSW for floodplains designated under Part 8 of the Water Act 1912 (to be replaced by provisions within the Water Management Act 2000).
Coastal, estuary and floodplain management grants
Annual grants for estuary, coastal and floodplain management are approved by the Minister for the Environment. The Minister sends a formal letter of offer to each successful council early in the new financial year.
Estuary management grants
On 22 October 2012, the Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage Robyn Parker announced $3.8 million in grants to assist local councils to protect and improve the State’s estuaries. These grants include $1.7 million for 36 new projects and $2.1 million for ongoing projects that have completed key milestones.
2012-13 estuary management program grants
Flood management grants
On 17 September 2012, $24.35 million funding was announced for 101 local councils and other authorities to undertake priority projects to assess the risks and reduce the impacts of flooding in NSW. A further $1.94 million of funding has been offered for projects activated from the reserve list.
2012-13 floodplain management program grants A-K
2012-13 floodplain management program grants L-Z
Coastal management grants
On 5 October 2012, funding of $3.7 million was announced to protect and enhance the State's coastal environment.
A total of $1.75 million has been allocated to 20 new initiatives.
2012-13 coastal management program grants
A further $1.96 million is being spent on 37 projects which have successfully completed key milestones.
Coastal management reforms
The NSW Government announced (120908MediaRelCoastMgt.pdf, 109kb) its stage one coastal management reforms on 8 September 2012.
Stage two reforms are currently being developed and consultation will occur throughout 2013.
Page last updated: 21 January 2013