NSW Government funds study to protect Bega Valley's coastline and estuaries

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) today announced a $40,000 grant for a new scoping study to understand how to better manage the Shire’s coastline.

Pambula coastline, Sapphire Coast, Ben Boyd National Park

Environment, Energy and Science Group Grants Director, Tina Bidese, congratulated the Bega Valley Shire Council for their commitment to protect the health of this iconic stretch of NSW’s coastline.

“Bega Valley has an eighth of our state’s coastline, which is the longest in the state, spanning over 225 kilometres and includes 29 estuaries and 101 ocean beaches.

“This funding will allow the Council to study how to better manage the health of what makes up some of the most natural and intact coastal ecosystems in New South Wales,” she said.

“The study will allow Council to explore ways to manage for coastal events and human pressures that affect the region.

“It will review current management, identify issues and knowledge gaps, undertake a risk assessment to prioritise threats and prepare a forward program for preparing the regions Coastal Management Programs,” Ms Bidese said.

The scoping study, which will receive matching funds from the Council, will extend from Wallaga Lake in the north to the Victorian border at Cape Howe in the south.

The grant is part of the 2018-19 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program - Planning Stream.

It is part of the NSW Governments $83.6 million coastal reform package under DPIE to increase the resilience of coastal communities and implement actions that reduce exposure to coastal hazards and climate change.

For more information, visit Coastal and estuary grants.