Grant to tackle erosion

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Port Hedland received a grant to tackle coastal erosion.
Camera IconPort Hedland received a grant to tackle coastal erosion. Credit: Paige Simmons

Tens of thousands of dollars will be spent on combating coastal erosion and flood-prone areas around Port Hedland, including dune rehabilitation, engaging volunteers, beach monitoring and data collection.

A $50,000 grant from the State Government’s coastal management assistance program will go towards the Town of Port Hedland’s own coastal reserves management plan. Town of Port Hedland commissioner Fred Riebeling said the money would contribute towards the implementation of planning strategies relating to coastline reserve management.

He said key tasks were establishing baseline flora and fauna information and using community feedback to develop the framework aimed at protecting vulnerable and at-risk locations.

Mr Riebeling said guides to the sustainable use of the foreshore reserves would determine short and long-term investment in the infrastructure required to protect and enhance community values while considering coastal hazards and risks.

“The plan will be prepared over the next 12 months and will be presented to council for approval upon completion,” he said.

Mr Riebeling said once approved, the council’s infrastructure and town services team would begin implementation.

Minister for Planning and Transport Rita Saffioti said the coastal grants provided an opportunity to conserve the unique WA coastline.

“Supporting and fostering partnerships with coastal managers and local groups is key to ensuring the best outcome for the WA coastline as it is challenged by climate change and other pressures,” she said.

“This is not an issue unique to WA, and it is imperative the Federal Government starts playing a greater role in the solutions for coastal erosion.”

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