Funds for Bellingen and Nambucca coasts and estuaries
MEMBER for Oxley Andrew Stoner and Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced Kempsey Shire Council, Bellingen Shire Council and Nambucca Shire Council will receive $347,000 for projects to manage, enhance and protect the local coasts and estuaries.
"Kempsey Shire Council will receive $100,000 for the Ecohealth project, which is an ecosystem monitoring program for the health of the Macleay River catchment," Andrew Stoner said.
"They will receive an additional $20,000 to address riverbank erosion along parts of Korogoro Creek near Hat Head.
"Kempsey Shire Council has also been allocated $10,000 to improve the health of Saltwater Creek and lagoon by installing stormwater filtration device.
"Bellingen Shire Council has been allocated $76,000 for the Friesians and Fish project, which aims to improve dairy effluent management practices to reduce potential impacts on water quality in the Bellingen River estuary.
"Nambucca Shire Council will receive $91,000 for works to reduce erosion of the reserve in front of the Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club.
"They will receive an additional $50,000 for a project to restore the natural estuarine environment in the Nambucca River around Stuarts Island."
Environment Minister Rob Stokes said the grants came from two NSW Government programs - the Coastal Management Program and the Estuary Management Program, both administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage.
"The Coastal Management Program provides funds to support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion, and restoring degraded coastal habitats," Mr Stokes said.
"The Estuary Management Program provides funds to support local government to improve the health of their estuaries."
The Minister said that a total of 48 new projects had been funded under this year's round of the two programs with a total NSW Government contribution of more than $3.17 million.
Grants under the two programs for 2014-2015 are:
- Coastal Management Program - 12 new projects totalling $802,850
- Estuary Management Program - 36 new projects totalling $2,368,382
Minister Stokes said the new projects were in addition to ongoing projects funded from previous years under both programs.
"There are more than 70 ongoing projects valued at more than $4 million under the Costal Management Program and more than 70 ongoing projects valued at more than $5 million under the Estuary Management Program," Mr Stokes said.
All projects are co-funded by local councils.