Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Newcastle City Council at Stockton Beach to announce Newcastle City Council has been awarded $147,500 from the NSW Liberal National Government to take the next steps in planning and managing their iconic coastline, including Stockton.
Newcastle City Council is contributing matching funding of $147,500 in a 50:50 split for a total amount of $295,000, following the recent certification of the Newcastle City Council’s Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP).
Mr MacDonald said that the development of a coastal management program in partnership with Newcastle City Council for the entire Newcastle LGA would provide certainty for the people of Newcastle that they have long-term strategies in place for the coastline’s management.
“This grant will support Newcastle City Council in achieving the next step in their strategic approach to managing the effects of coastal processes and hazards on infrastructure, while protecting the natural environment and coastal lifestyle Novocastrians enjoy,” Mr MacDonald said.
“With an approved CZMP in place, Newcastle City Council is eligible to apply for a further share in the Government’s $83.6 million funding package.”
“The NSW Liberal National Government through its Coastal and Estuary Grant Program is helping to fund both the planning process and on-ground works that will set a long-term strategy in place for a more sustainable future right along the NSW coastline.”
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said funding is starting to roll out up and down the NSW Coastline which is great news for the people of NSW.
The Minister said that to allow flexibility for local government to begin planning and better understand the coast or estuarine environment at a time that is suitable to them, applications under the Coastal and Estuary Planning stream are open at any time.
“I would encourage all coastal councils to actively seek funding support to start planning or taking steps that will better prepare our coastal communities for the future,” Ms Upton said.
Further information on the Coastal and Estuary Grant program is available at https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/coasts/coastalgrants.htm
There are five streams under the program – one for planning and studies and four implementation streams. Under the planning stream, funding is available to develop a Coastal Management Program, undertake investigation and designs or cost-benefit and distributional analyses for works recommended in a certified plan.