Funding for coastal protection efforts

FUNDING: A $49,500 from the will Regional Coast Protection fund will go towards the extension of an existing levee bank on the western side of the Gulf.
FUNDING: A $49,500 from the will Regional Coast Protection fund will go towards the extension of an existing levee bank on the western side of the Gulf.

The state government has awarded funding to Port Augusta City Council in a statewide effort to improve coastal protection.

$49,500 from the will Regional Coast Protection fund will go towards the extension of an existing levee bank on the western side of the Gulf.

The grant will help continue Council's existing work along Caroona Road, installing a rock revetment on the levee bank to protect it from erosion.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said South Australia's coastlines are at risk of erosion, flooding and sand dune drift, which are being exacerbated by rising sea levels.

"The state government with the Coast Protection Board are providing practical support through funding to councils, researchers, and community groups so we can work together to restore and protect the state's pristine coastline," Minister Speirs said.

"South Australia's coastline is the first defence against a changing climate and beaches are often at the heart of our regional communities' economies. This funding will help deliver improved environmental outcomes and boost jobs in our regions."

Fifteen coastal councils will share in more than $1 million in round one of the Regional Coast Protection Fund, with a total of $4 million dispersed over four years.

A total of 20 projects will be delivered including design and construction of protection works, beach replenishment, and coastal hazard risk and adaptation planning.

Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan welcomed the funding for the Port Augusta City Council.

"The Regional Coast Protection Fund allows local councils to undertake important works to repair, restore and retain South Australia's coastline," Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

"Nearly $50,000 in grant funding will be delivered to Port Augusta City Council for the extension of an existing levee bank which will improve the resilience of our coastline."

$22,500 was also awarded to the City of Whyalla for beach replenishment on the Whyalla foreshore, while $58,000 has been allocated to the District Council of Mt Remarkable for a seawall at Port Germein.