Tweed Shire Council will receive $50,000 state funding for a project to manage, enhance and protect local estuaries, it was announced this week.
‘Acid sulfate soils are a key issue for Tweed estuaries due to coastal floodplain degradation and drainage modification,’ Tweed MP Geoff Provest said.
‘This project will target acid producing hotspots in the Clothiers, Reserve and Christies creeks.’
Mr Provest acknowledged previous work by Tweed Shire Council and the sugar cane industry to overcome acid sulfate soil problems.
‘Existing research will be used to identify drain reaches for remediation, undertake remediation and improve land management capability. This will result in improvements to water quality and aquatic habitat,’ he said.
The funds come from the NSW government’s Estuary Management Program, administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage.
The program provides assistance to local government to improve the health of their estuaries. The state’s contribution will be matched by Tweed Council.
‘Protecting and enhancing the NSW environment is a task for everyone, governments at all levels as well as the community,’ environment minister Robyn Parker said.