New wave of funding for councils to manage NSW coasts and estuaries

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock today announced the NSW Government will invest almost $1.7 million to help councils and their local communities carry out projects to manage and protect NSW coasts and estuaries.

Lake Macquarie, Swansea, Hunter

Mrs Hancock said the funds had been allocated to 18 coastal and estuary management projects across the State through the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program. 

'Our unique coastal and estuary environments are enjoyed by local communities and also support a variety of native flora and fauna,' Mrs Hancock said. 

'These grants will support local councils to manage risks from coastal erosion and improve the health and resilience of estuaries and wetlands.'

Projects to receive funding in this round include:

  • $121,675 – Kempsey Shire Council – South West Rocks foreshore upgrade
  • $40,370 – Nambucca Shire Council – Scotts Head outer seawall replacement
  • $48,769 – Bellingen Shire Council – Dalhousie Creek entrance management
  • $170,000 – Newcastle City Council – Cliff stability monitoring, management of dunes and access at Stockton Beach, dune management Bar Beach
  • $244,000 – Wollongong City Council – Restoration of significant sites around Lake Illawarra, rehabilitation of Perkins Dune and connectivity around Bellambi Estuary
  • $30,000 – Hunters Hill Council – Habitat restoration lower Parramatta River estuary
  • $420,000 – Lake Macquarie City Council – Coastal dune revegetation, foreshore rehabilitation and wetland management
  • $105,000 – Shoalhaven City Council – Protecting Shoalhaven’s coastal wetlands and bushland reserves
  • $60,000 – Bega Valley Shire Council – Lower Bega Estuary rehabilitation and rehabilitation works on Pambula Lake
  • $349,075 – Ballina Shire Council – Shaws Bay dredging and foreshore improvements
  • $99,884 – Rous County Council – monitoring of the Richmond River water quality.

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

The Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is funded under the NSW Government’s $83.6 million commitment towards improving management of the NSW coastline. The program provides technical and financial support to local government to assist in managing the coastal zone.

Further information is available on the Coastal and estuary grants webpage