$109,999 coastal grants for Coffs Harbour City Council

The NSW Government has awarded two grants worth $109,999 to Coffs Harbour City Council to help develop its coastal management programs (CMP).

Couple on Solitary Islands Coastal Walk and looking over Coffs Harbour

Alex Gardiner, Acting Manager Contestable Grants for Coast, Estuary and Flood, congratulated Coffs Harbour City Council on successfully acquiring this NSW Government funding.

“One grant will provide $80,0000 to help council to complete the remaining stages of a CMP for Darkum Creek, Woolgoolga Lake, Willis Creek and Hearnes Lake estuaries,” Ms Gardiner said.

“The second grant of $29,999 goes towards a scoping study for Moonee Creek and Coffs Creek, as well as Boambee and Newport estuaries.

“The State Government recently increased funding for this type of project and now provides $2 for every $1 provided by Council, which will go towards delivering Council’s CMP.

“The NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program aims to increase the resilience of coastal communities and implement actions that improve the health of NSW estuaries.”

The first grant follows on from the recently completed scoping study for Darkum Creek, Woolgoolga Lake, Willis Creek and Hearnes Lake estuaries. It will help Council complete its CMP’s work on these estuaries, identifying threats and pressures impacting on the estuaries and developing targeted management actions to address them.

The second grant will develop a scoping study for Moonee Creek, Coffs Creek, Boambee and Newport estuaries. This funding is a stage one scoping study only and will be used to identify the scope of a coastal management program for the area. This is the first stage of preparing a CMP.

The funds were awarded through the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants program, which provides technical and financial support to local government to help manage coastal zones.

There are currently five funding streams under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program. One stream is for planning and studies, while the other four are for implementing works identified in certified coastal or estuary management plans.

Learn more at Coastal and estuary grants.