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Energy And Environment

Coastal Projects to Benefit Bellarine Communities

Safer access to coastal areas is being provided for beachgoers on the Bellarine Peninsula following a record $1.3 million in funding through the Victorian Government’s Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said: “The 2021-22 program has delivered a record $1.3 million to 20 coastal Crown land managers for projects that reduce risk and improve public access at some of our state’s most popular and iconic beaches.”

“This funding will be used to support projects including track, stair and ramp replacements, installing warning signs, geotechnical risk assessments and investigating erosion mitigation measures Ms. Neville said.

Coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer and not-for-profit committees of management and local governments, will use funding for projects that reduce coastal risk through identification, mitigation, and monitoring; and improve beach and foreshore access for the public.

At Ocean Grove stairs  ( 12 W and 17 W)  will be replaced and upgraded by Barwon Coast Committee of Management giving better and safer access to the beach, while Bellarine Bayside will be provided funding to construct three board walks through protected coastal saltmarsh at Indented Head.  

“Coastal Crown land managers have a vital role caring for and protecting these precious spaces, which now, more than ever, are so important for the community’s wellbeing,” Ms Neville said.

“Marine and coastal environments face a number of competing demands, including the impacts of climate change and an increasing number of people visiting our beaches.

“In addition to providing the community with safe access to our beaches, these grants help coastal Crown land managers manage risks to our precious coastal environments.”

The $1.3 million grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s $15.8 million Safeguarding Marine and Coastal Environments in the Face of Climate Change program.

For a full list of grant recipients, visit https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/grants/coastal-public-access-and-risk-grants