Grants available for local councils to manage coasts and estuaries

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock is encouraging local councils who manage coastal and estuary environments to apply for funding under the NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

View of Illawarra coastline from Sublime Point lookout in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

"Our coasts and estuaries are critical environments that support a huge variety of native flora and fauna in addition to being popular places for recreation," Mrs Hancock said.

"These grants will help councils plan for the future and protect and manage these unique natural assets."

The $72.7 million Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is part of the NSW Government's $83.6 million coastal reforms funding package.

"This funding is another example of how the NSW Government is supporting councils and their communities to protect their local environment."

There are 5 streams under the program: one for planning and studies which includes investigation, design and cost-benefit analysis and 4 for implementing works under each of the coastal management areas in the Coastal Management Act.

The 2019–20 funding round opens on 27 August 2019 for planning and implementing works.

Further information and application forms are available here: Current coastal and estuary grants