Saturday, April 13, 2024

Estuary funding for Canterbury, Liverpool councils

Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool Councils are set to receive a combined $880,000 thanks to the NSW Government’s latest round of grants under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock said the grants were among 34 projects set to have major benefits for coastal communities by ensuring the long-term management of valuable natural resources.

Deepwater Park at Milperra will receive a $640,140 grant given to Canterbury-Bankstown Council for planned intervention works to manage significant riverbank erosion; while Liverpool City Council has secured a $240,000 grant towards works to combat erosion on its stretch of the Georges River.

“Whether countering erosion, improving access to local beaches, removing invasive weeds or implementing environmental monitoring programs, councils can’t do it alone,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The NSW Government is committed to empowering local councils to address and manage these important environments together with their communities.”

Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said the Georges River had experienced significant erosion along the river banks and at various stormwater outlets in recent years.

“Liverpool City Council will use these funds to improve riverbank stability and water quality up and downstream of the M5 bridge near Powerhouse Road and Helles Park,” Ms Gibbons said.

Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government was focused on delivering technical know-how and financial assistance to councils.

“Sydney’s world-famous coast is one of the state’s most valuable natural assets, providing a dynamic and diverse landscape with unique natural features, values and resources that need the best care and management,” Mrs Hancock said.

“We will continue to work in partnership with councils and local communities to manage our coast and estuaries which is home to nearly 85% of our population.”

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