$86,668 for Northern Beaches scoping study

Technical support and $86,668 in funding from the NSW Government will enable Northern Beaches Council to better understand the northern beaches open coast and lagoons and develop a Coastal Management Program (CMP).

Manly Beach. Manly, Sydney, NSW.

Minister for Local Government Wendy Tuckerman said CMPs are vital to secure the future of the State's coastal and estuarine environment.

"It's great the NSW Government is partnering with Northern Beaches Council on planning their future coastal management," Mrs Tuckerman said.

"The CMP is the long-term strategy to guide Council and other stakeholders in the management of this important coastal area which has recreational and ecological significance for the region," she said.

"The northern beaches open coast stretches from Shelley Beach at Manly in the south, to Palm Beach in the north and features four lagoons. This open coast location also has significant recreational and ecological values to protect."

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the funding was recognition of the role of local and state governments in responding to our changing climate and environment.

"We have already completed a significant body of work to assist us in managing all of our beaches. Preparation of a CMP for hotspot locations of Collaroy-Narrabeen, Fishermans Beach, Bilgola and Mona Vale Basin is well under way," Mr Regan said.

"This funding will help us build upon that work and ensure all other beaches in our local government area have a CMP in place."

Councils can apply for funding at any time during the financial year to undertake planning and studies and funding provided at a 2:1 ratio, with $2 contributed from the state government for every $1 provided by the council.

More information about the Coastal and Estuary grants program can be found Coastal and estuary grants.