The Andrews Labor Government has announced more than $728,000 in funding to improve the safety, access and amenity of Victorian coastal areas.
As part of the Coastal Environments Public Access and Risk Program, the Labor Government has awarded funding to twenty projects spanning the coastline from far south-west Victoria to Lakes Entrance.
The funding will go towards important works such as risk mitigation at The Pillars near Mt Martha, toilet relocation and bridge access at Narrawong, and erosion and drainage works at Lakes Entrance.
The Coastal Environments Public Access and Risk Program provides $9 million in financial assistance over four years to committees of management for projects that reduce coastal risk through identification, mitigation and monitoring.
The committees of management, largely run by volunteers and coastal councils, use the funds to create new or enhance existing infrastructure, such as:
- Repairs to improve beach stairways, boardwalks and access points
- Works on viewing platforms and lookouts
- Building of new access ramps, installing and improving public signage
- Undertaking risk assessment and management plans for safer access
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“Victoria’s coastline offers endless opportunities for people to live, work, and play – and we’re investing those areas to keep them safe and accessible.”
“Coastal areas are beautiful but at the mercy of constant natural processes – wind, water, and salt mean ongoing work is needed to maintain access and infrastructure at some of Victoria’s most popular coastal reserves.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020