Byron Shire Council will move to the next step of their Coastal Management Program (CMP) that will cover the Shire’s southern coastline and Belongil estuary, after an ongoing grant was approved by the NSW government.
Minister for Local Government, Wendy Tuckerman, said in a statement that $74,331 will help to complete stage two of Council’s CMP.
According to Council’s stage one scoping study, ‘Stage two determines risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities’.
It reads, ‘A CMP will provide a strategic and collaborative approach for relevant land managers to implement a range of credible, evidence-based actions to address current and future risks, not only from coastal hazards, but for a broad range of community, stakeholder, economic, climate change, catchment processes and environmental issues and values. Certification of a CMP would allow Council to access significant State government funding to implement coastal management actions on a prioritised basis for the coastline, estuaries and catchments of the study area’.
The total cost of preparing a CMP is estimated to be up to $365,000.