Pollution prevention proceeding at Prospect Creek

Prospect Creek’s water health will gain a boost thanks to $100,001 in support funding from the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program – planning stream announced today.

Georges River

Minister for Local Government Wendy Tuckerman said the grant was awarded to Canterbury-Bankstown City Council to develop a plan to understand stormwater pollution in the Prospect Creek Catchment.

“I’m pleased to announce the grant to Canterbury-Bankstown City Council under the 2021-2022 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program – planning stream which will enable Council to develop a catchment action plan,” Minister Tuckerman said.

“The plan will focus on ways to retrofit and install new stormwater devices to reduce pollutants entering the important Prospect Creek sub-catchments which includes several significant wetlands and ponds within the catchment,” she said.

State Member for East Hills Wendy Lindsay said Canterbury-Bankstown City Council covers just over 10.5 per cent of the Prospect Creek catchment which is a sub-catchment of the Georges River catchment.

“It’s great to see Canterbury-Bankstown City Council actively persuing funding options like this. They are an active participant in the Coastal and Estuary’s grants program, receiving more than $1.3 million in grants since 2016.” Ms Lindsay 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, with $2 contributed from the state government for every $1 provided by the council.

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.