Next step for Byron Shire coastal management

Byron Shire Council will move to the next step of their Coastal Management Program thanks to ongoing grant funding from the NSW Government.

Arakwal National Park, Tallow Beach

Minister for Local Government Wendy Tuckerman today announced a grant of $74,331 to Byron Shire Council to complete stage two of their Coastal Management Plan (CMP).

'I’m pleased to announce the grant to Byron Council under the 2021–2022 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program – planning stream which will enable Council to continue the development of its plan for the Shire's southern coastline and Belongil estuary,' Minister Tuckerman said.

'The CMP is the long-term strategy to guide Council and other stakeholders in the management of one of the most popular and visited coastal areas of Byron Shire,' she said.

The planning stream of the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is the first step in the process of supporting local government to understand the complex coastal and estuarine environment.

Councils can apply for funding at any time during the financial year to undertake planning and studies, while applications for implementing works are part of a contestable funding round.

The aim of the program is to increase the resilience of coastal communities and implement actions that improve the health of NSW estuaries.
Funding is provided at a 2:1 ratio, with $2 contributed from the State government for every $1 provided by a council.

The NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program provides technical and financial support to local government to assist them in managing the coastal zone.

The programs objectives are to support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion, restoring degraded coastal habitats, and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests.