WA Gov offer $4 million grant to protect fragile coastline

The McGowan Government has announced a $4 million grant to go towards new initiatives to protect and enhance the iconic coastline of Western Australia.

The grant has received a significant funding boost, doubling in size, highlighting the significance of the coastline in the region.

Community organisations and local governments that meet the eligibility, can apply for a share of the grant – awarded within three categories.

  • up to $300,000 per proposal aimed at identifying and adapting to coastal hazards
  • up to $125,000 per proposal to support local government in planning and sustainable use of coastal areas
  • up to $60,000 per project for partnerships between local government and community organisations

2020 saw several proposals of large scale developments for coastal regions within Western Australia. The largest was a $70 million five-star hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean near Margaret River – with locals raising concerns about the impact it could have on the coastline.

Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti says in many regards the boost was necessary to continue to protect the fragile coastal environment.

“The additional investment this year reflects our commitment to enabling local governments and other coastal managers to plan for, and sustainably manage, the threats and pressures on our diverse, vast coastline.”

Saffioti highlighted the need of both community and local governments to participate in the grant.

“The involvement of the community as well as local governments in these highly successful grant programs enable people to take ownership of the issues specific to their local coastal environment and get involved in protecting it.”

Margaret River’s beautiful coastline

Western Australia is home to the country’s longest coastline and coastal cliff lines, spanning more than 10,000 kilometres. Explained in several journal articles the individual coastlines hold significant geoheritage significance.

A Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage spokesperson said: “Western Australia’s coast is one of our most valuable assets and a major contributor to the state’s liveability and attractiveness for locals and visitors.”

They explained that the WA Coastal Zone Strategy and State Planning Policy sets out measures that ensure the careful planning and sustainable management of the coastline, so all Western Australians will benefit.

“Community organisations and local governments have been very active in coastal planning and management for many years. 

“Since 2009, the state government has supported 529 projects worth more than $20 million for initiatives to restore and rehabilitate the coastline, and to educate coastal communities on caring for their local beaches. 

“This represents the work of some 200 community groups, educational institutions, natural resource management organisations and other not-for-profit organisations, along with 40 local governments.” 

The 2021 round of grants is now open and is due to close at 12pm on March 31.

For more information on the grant, or to apply, visit the Governments Coastal Grant page.

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