$126,000 flowing for Toongabbie Creek study

Erosion prevention of Toongabbie Creek is in focus thanks to more than $126,000 from the NSW Government, provided to Parramatta City Council through the competitive Coastal and Estuary grants program.

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Minister for Local Government said Parramatta City Council can now undertake targeted planning studies to address water flow and sediment deposits on the lake bed and downstream system.

"This important funding partnership between the NSW Government and Parramatta City Council will enable detailed studies of high-velocity flood flows of Toongabbie Creek," Mrs Tuckerman said.

"It's a critical water system which currently deposits sediment into the Parramatta River, and this issue is exacerbated by flash flood. Bank stabilisation of the creek is the most environmentally sustainable management solution."

Investigation outcomes from this project will provide a better understanding of the ways of protecting this environment.

Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor said the Parramatta River Estuary was one of the most significant water systems in Sydney and council is actively working to ensure its future.

"I'm pleased to see the City of Parramatta Council partner with the NSW Government on estuary management. Council have committed to funding a third of the money, with the Government grant fulfilling the remaining two-thirds needed." Mr Taylor 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 and funding provided at a 2:1 ratio, with $2 contributed from the state government for every $1 provided by the council.

More information about the Coastal and Estuary grants program can be found here: Coastal and estuary grants.