Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, have announced that the State Government will provide $100,000 to Tweed Shire Council to fund the development of a coastal management plan.

In announcing the grant Minister Upton said that the development of a coastal management program would provide Council with the framework for managing the social, environmental and economic issues and risks along its 37-kilometre coastline.

“This area has a growing population and encompasses some exceptional coastline. This Coastal management program will cover the open coast from Duranbah Beach on the Queensland border to Wooyung Beach in the south, said Mr Provest.

“The coastal management plan the NSW Government is helping to fund will set a long-term strategy in place for sustainable management of the shire’s coastline.

The Government announced an $83.6 million funding package to support Councils in better managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion; restoring degraded coastal habitats; and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and coastal rainforests.

This funding is starting to roll out up and down the NSW Coastline which is great news for the people of NSW.

“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,” Ms Upton said.

“I would encourage all coastal councils to actively seek funding to start planning or taking steps that will better prepare our coastal communities for the future,” she said