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May 9, 2021

Byron and Ballina secure funds from Coastal and Estuary Grants

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The program aims to increase the resilience of our coastal communities and improve the health of NSW estuaries through planning and prioritisation of future projects,” Mr Franklin said.

The grants for Byron and Ballina Shire Councils are two of 13 projects across the state, totalling $2.3 million that were awarded through the programs planning stream this month.

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock congratulated both councils on successfully acquiring funding.

‘I congratulate Byron Shire Council and Ballina Shire Council on successfully securing this money to support their coastal zones through well-planned action,’ said Mrs Hancock.

Byron Shire Council has been awarded $70,000 to complete a coastal hazard assessment study for its coastline.

Ballina Shire Council also received $33,333 to prepare the Ballina Shire Coastal Management Program (CMP). This CMP will set the long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the coastal zone.

There are currently five funding streams under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

One stream is for planning and studies, while the other four are for implementing works identified in certified coastal or estuary management plans.

Councils can apply for funding to undertake planning and studies at any time during the year, while applications for funding to implement works are available annually.

Who can apply

  • local councils
  • joint organisations (established under an Act of Parliament)
  • where multiple councils are working together within the same coastal sediment compartment or estuary to prepare and implement a Coastal Management Program, one council (county council or joint organisation) is required to be the lead agency in terms of signing of the funding agreement, managing monies and reporting on the project
  • local land services, county councils and public land managers (such as a Crown reserve trust or a location-specific NSW Government authority) in partnership with a lead council, providing the council is the principal applicant and assumes overall responsibility for administrating the grant.

These grants are part of the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program. More information on the program can be found here.

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