Kempsey Council awarded $80,001 to deliver Coastal Management Program

Kempsey Shire Council will receive $80,001 in NSW Government funding as well as technical support to finalise a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for their coastal zone.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse, South West Rocks, Hat Head National Park

Minister for Local Government Wendy Tuckerman said that this funding will help finalise the update of the existing Coastal Zone Management Plan so that it is consistent with current coastal management legislation.

“The NSW Government delivered modern, fit-for-purpose legislation with the Coastal Management Act 2016, to deliver world-leading coastal solutions for our communities,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Now that Council has assessed its coastal management options, Council can prepare and draft a CMP for community input to manage the balance between recreational, economic and ecological values that this part of New South Wales has to offer.” 

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said that this funding would help ensure compliance with the new Coastal Management Framework.

“Kempsey is popular for tourism, and it’s in our interest that water quality and vegetation be maintained for the benefit of the environment, as well as recreation,” Mrs Pavey said.

“By finalising the CMP, Council can help ensure continued benefits from the landscape, while protecting it from the pressures of climate change, expansion of visitation and necessary agriculture.”

The NSW Government is committed to implementing the coastal management framework in partnership with local government and local communities.

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.

Further information about the grants program can be found at Coastal and Estuary Grants.