Coastal and Estuary grants implementation streams 2016-17

On 1 March 2017, $1,071,600 in funding was awarded to local councils for 13 grants to implement actions. In August 2017, a further 2 grants totalling $47,964.50 were awarded from the reserve list and on 5 December 2017, 1 grant totalling $50,000 was awarded for a coastal hotspot.

Ballina Shire Council

Chickiba Creek - Moving on up (to a B–)

This project expands on previous works to restore the hydrological regime of Chickiba Wetland. Chickiba Creek received an ecohealth grade of D+ in 2014. The main areas of concern are the lack of riparian vegetation and the water quality in the catchment. This project involves re-establishment of habitat within Chickiba Wetland including the creation of connectivity between Chickiba Creek (tidal waters) and Chickiba Wetland for aquatic fauna. This project also includes working with and educating the local community to explain the work undertaken and their role in its maintenance.

Shaw's Bay East Arm habitat stabilisation and erosion control works

This project is the first priority of the Shaw's Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan and seeks to arrest bank erosion, create shoreline habitat and improve public amenity at this increasingly popular location. The project is considered an excellent candidate to showcase effective, functional and environmentally sensitive shoreline management measures. The resulting shoreline will consist of sandy beaches with saltmarsh fringes and mangrove habitat as well as a more traditional rock wall along a shady bank which is highly consistent with the aesthetics of the location.

Bayside Council

Restoring degraded wetlands of western Botany Bay

This project will implement a number of priority actions identified in Council's Natural Areas Restoration Plan for wetlands stretching from Scarborough Ponds, Monterey in the north to the Georges River in the south. These works will focus on staged terrestrial and aquatic weed removal which will improve the condition of endangered ecological communities, wetland areas and waterways, as well as habitat for the threatened grey-headed flying-fox, southern myotis and migratory birds. This project will also create opportunities for community stewardship of the natural environment through Bushcare days, community planting days and wetland tours.

Lady Robinsons Beach/Cook Park Kyeemagh – dune restoration

Lady Robinsons Beach at Cook Park Kyeemagh is located on the western foreshore of Botany Bay and contains a narrow dune strip varying in width from six metres to 15 metres.

Over the last 20 years Council has been undertaking works to restore the dunes that are constantly impacted by beach erosion and windblown sand impacts from storm events in Botany Bay. These works have resulted in a stable foredune however, the backdune that is partly protected by a steel corrugated wind control fence has deteriorated resulting in a steep unmanageable bank full of weeds and exotic plants that is a hazard to pedestrians using the adjacent pathway. In order to restore this 300 metre by five metre wide section of the dunes it is proposed to remove the metal barrier fence, regrade and recondition the bank and then plant out the bank with local coastal native trees which will merge into the stable frontal dunes.

Bellingen Shire Council

Protecting Dalhousie Creek habitat and maintaining community safety at Hungry Head

This project will address impacts from coastal erosion and impeded beach access at Hungry Head Surf Life Saving Club. It will assist in maintaining safe pedestrian and surf club vehicle access to Hungry Head beach and also address the impacts of informal pedestrian access through native vegetation, which have arisen as a result of the impeded access. The project involves formalise access ways, fencing, weed control and revegetation.

City of Parramatta Council

Developing a River watch monitoring program for the Parramatta River: Phase 1

The Parramatta River Catchment Group, an alliance of State and local government and the community, is working to make the Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025. This project will undertake Phase one of the Parramatta River Catchment Group's proposed River watch monitoring program, which involves initial contaminant screening at seven proposed swimming sites along the river. Contaminants to be monitored will include heavy metals, dioxins, Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Polychorinated Biphenyls, surfactants and pesticides.

Clarence Valley Council

Beach scraping at Wooli Beach

This project will trial beach scraping on Wooli Beach, with the aim of increasing dune volume to reduce the current coastal erosion risk, for sections of the beach profile with sand volumes less than 220 cubic metres per lineal metre. Scraping works will enhance natural dune rebuilding at the time of year when deposition most commonly occurs (spring/summer), when impacts on nesting fauna will be minimised and when dune revegetation will be more successful.

Lake Macquarie City Council

Improving geomorphic stability and ecosystem health of Lake Macquarie's tributaries

The stability of bed and banks of tributary creeks of Lake Macquarie is an important factor that contributes to the maintenance of estuary health. Slatey Creek, Dora Creek, Stoney Creek and Wyee Creek are identified as being subject to long-term sensitivity to the combined impacts of total suspended solids, bio-available nitrogen and organic enrichment from catchment sources.

This project aims to identify and redress stream bank and bed erosion through the design and implementation of in-stream stabilisation works in conjunction with riparian habitat restoration. The use of remote sensing technology (supported with ground truthing), will be trialled for the rapid assessment of stream and habitat condition. Works will include techniques such as bed and bank control structures, rock-fillets, bush regeneration, weed management and revegetation.

Lake Macquarie high priority estuary foreshore stabilisation project

This project will rehabilitate selected priority foreshore areas of Lake Macquarie which have become degraded over time due to a number of factors including vegetation loss, public use of the foreshore and subsequent erosion by wind waves. These combined factors act to elevate sediment loads in the Lake, reducing water quality, whilst loss of littoral vegetation diminishes the natural processes of filtering stormwater runoff before entering the Lake. All aspects of the foreshore rehabilitation will improve the overall health of Lake Macquarie.

Wetland rehabilitation for wildlife in Lake Macquarie

This project will undertake wetland rehabilitation around Lake Macquarie. The identification of priority wetlands for rehabilitation has been informed by a process that considers current biological health of the wetland, on-going maintenance and the outcomes of a recent study. Works under this grant aim to improve water quality, restore/preserve habitat values, reduce poor management practice and improve the buffering capacity of wetlands against projected sea level rise.

Lake Macquarie native dune vegetation and enhancement continuation program

The Lake Macquarie native dune vegetation and enhancement project aims to engage contractors and support `Coast Keeper' teams to work along the entire coastline to plant approximately 20,000 native dune plants, eradicate bitou bush and other transformer weeds, reshape dunes and exclude vehicles to enhance and increase dune resilience.

Lake Macquarie comprehensive seagrass assessment

Seagrass health and extent is a key issue for the management of the Lake Macquarie estuary, as seagrass is critical to the ecological function and productivity of the estuarine system. Lake Macquarie contains the third largest area of seagrass within NSW. Mapping is the most cost effective mechanism to monitor its extent. A new assessment is required to provide contemporary information to feed into Council's Estuary Health Report Card, State of the Environment Report, Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework, and NSW State-wide Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting framework, and to aid in effective estuary management.

Mid-Coast Council

Trial interim trucking program, Winda Woppa to Jimmy's Beach

Mid-Coast Council (previously Great Lakes Council) is currently designing a sand transfer system for the ongoing provision of sand from a stockpile site at Winda Woppa. In the interim Jimmy's Beach needs to be maintained to protect the beach, road and subsequent private residences.

This project involves a trucking campaigns of 5000 cubic metres of sand from the stockpile on Winda Woppa to Jimmy's Beach.

Nambucca Shire Council

Nambucca Shire Council – stage 2 Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club protection

The Nambucca Heads Surf Lifesaving Club and ancillary infrastructure at Main Beach Nambucca Heads is located in a vulnerable area of the coast affected by coastal erosion processes. Council's certified Coastal Zone Management Plan prioritises actions for the immediate and urgent maintenance of the seawalls at Main Beach with an aim to maximise the life of the existing infrastructure. This project will address the area adjacent to the club facilities, driveway, public foreshore and car parking area to the north of the club and also provide a new beach access point between the carpark and the Surf Club.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Middle Rock and Chepana Street stormwater works

Active coastal erosion is undermining existing stormwater infrastructure along Lighthouse Beach, between Lake Cathie and Middle Rock. The Middle Rock Road project will involve the design and reconstruction of the degraded infrastructure and locally eroded dune (including shaping/filling, re-vegetation and fencing) to prevent ongoing localised erosion and damage to infrastructure. The Chepana Street project will involve maintenance of a degraded stormwater outlet and locally eroded dune to prevent ongoing localised erosion and damage to infrastructure.

The Council of the Municipality of Kiama

Minnamurra River entrance foreshore rehabilitation project

The Minnamurra River bank is affected by erosion from the ocean waves and flood tides. This project will be stabilise the areas affected by erosion with bank rocks sourced on site and imported ballast, re-battered to a more natural bank grade, jute matting and replanted with low growing native vegetation. In addition, a stormwater flow line which causes erosion issues will be stabilised.

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