EP Councils Encouraged to Apply For Coast Protection Funding

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Coastal councils from across the Eyre Peninsula are being encouraged to apply for the $4 million in funding that has been made available by the State government under the Regional Coast protection fund. 

The grants program aims to help the changing climate impacts that regional coastlines are at risk of including erosion, flooding and sand dune drift, which are being worsened by rising sea levels.

Eyre Peninsula has a broad coastline of pristine beach that are tourist destinations and the funding could help ensure the coastlines are well marinated and protected.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar says the beaches that are under some pressure from tourists and visitors and the region would benefit from the funding.

Mr. Treloar said, “It's really open to councils, but I’m keen to talk about it because I’m really keen to get some money into the Eyre Peninsula.”

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said “I encourage those keen to help repair, conserve and enhance their coastline to apply for funding." Funding of up to $1 million will be available over 2019/20. 

Eligible councils can apply for funding for projects that address issues such as flood and erosion management, cliff stability, repair of storm-damaged coast protection structures and beach replenishment.