Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool Councils are set to receive a combined total of more than $880,000 thanks to the NSW Government’s latest round of grants under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program, which is part of a more than $4 million investment into addressing significant coastal erosion and water quality concerns in NSW.
Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the 2 grants are among 34 projects set to have major benefits for coastal communities by ensuring the long-term management of valuable natural resources in New South Wales.
Renowned for being an amazing summer barbecue spot, the future of Deepwater Park at Milperra will thrive with a $640,140 grant given to Canterbury-Bankstown Council for planned intervention works to manage significant riverbank erosion.
Close by, Liverpool City Council has secured a $240,000 grant towards works to combat erosion on its stretch of the Georges River.
“Whether countering erosion, improving access to local beaches, removing invasive weeds or implementing environmental monitoring programs, councils can’t do it alone,” Mrs Hancock said.
“The NSW Government is committed to empowering local councils to address and manage these important environments together with their communities.”
Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said the Georges River has experienced significant erosion along the river banks and at various stormwater outlets in recent years.
“Liverpool City Council will use these funds to improve riverbank stability and water quality up and downstream of the M5 bridge near Powerhouse Road and Helles Park,” Ms Gibbons said.
Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government is focused on delivering technical know-how and financial assistance to councils.
“Sydney’s world-famous coast is one of the state’s most valuable natural assets, providing a dynamic and diverse landscape with unique natural features, values and resources that need the best care and management,” Mrs Hancock said.
“We will continue to work in partnership with councils and local communities to manage our coast and estuaries which is home to nearly 85% of our population.”
State Member for East Hills Wendy Lindsay is pleased that Canterbury-Bankstown Council has been provided funding under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.
“It is great to see our local area being improved by funding from the Liberal-National Government to enhance our beautiful surrounds, and I look forward to seeing the outcomes of this crucial project,” Ms Lindsay said.
“This grant will go a long way towards managing riverbank erosion through a combination of engineering structures and the planting of new vegetation.”
Councils are able to apply for grants each year around August. Thanks to the NSW Government recently passing the Coastal Management Amendment Act 2021, the transition period for Coastal Zone Management Plans has been extended to December 2023, so councils can continue to apply for funds to implement actions in those plans.
The program is funded under the NSW Government’s $83.6 million commitment towards improving the management of our state’s coastline.