Eight South Australian councils have been granted a total of $325,500 by the Coast Protection Board to help protect and conserve the state’s coastline.
To help councils manage their coastal risks and provide practical solutions, the Coast Protection Board’s annual grants program has funded seven regional councils and one metropolitan council:
- $80,000 for Kingston District Council to install geotextile bags to further protect the eroding dunes adjacent to the Wyomi Beach sea wall.
- $75,000 for City of Port Adelaide Enfield to build a flood levee at Birkenhead to prevent flooding.
- $58,000 for the District Council of Mount Remarkable to upgrade a damaged section of the Port Germein levee.
- $30,000 for Port Augusta City Council to construct a flood levee to mitigate current flood risk.
- $30,000 for Wattle Range Council to repair the Post Office Rock causeway at Beachport.
- $25,000 for District Council of Robe for replenishing sand at the town beach to protect the foreshore reserve.
- $20,000 for City of Whyalla for ongoing beach replenishment to maintain stability of the seawall.
- $7,500 for the District Council of Streaky Bay to develop a coastal adaptation strategy for Baird Bay.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said these grants are helping local communities to manage our coast.
“Managing and protecting South Australia’s coast is a key priority for the South Australian Government as climate change impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion continue to be a challenge to our state,” said Minister Speirs.
“I know that residents of these suburbs and towns are proud of their beaches and coastline. I am pleased that this funding will help them restore and protect these beautiful parts of our state.”
Coast Protection Board Presiding Member Allan Holmes said the partnership with local councils is highly valued and the grants provide a substantial contribution to important coastal management and protection works.
An extra $25,000 is available to local communities for coastal management, as well as the development of coastal shack settlement protection strategies and to provide emergency funds to councils for post-storm measures.
The Coast Protection Board was established by the Coast Protection Act 1972 and is the prescribed body in South Australia managing coast protection issues and providing advice on coastal development.