Federal Government commits to tackling coastal erosion – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The Federal Government has agreed to do more to address coastal erosion and its impact on affected residents.
The tenure of the Coasts and Climate Change Council has been extended by a year to ensure all issues, including liability and property rights are addressed.
Professor Bruce Thom is the Council’s new Chair and met recently with residents affected by erosion at Old Bar.
The Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group’s Elaine Pearce says she’s confident Professor Thom will achieve results.
“He very much cares for the environment and is very concerned that any work that is carried out doesn’t damage the environment,” she said.
“And he was very pleased I feel to take with Shaw Mead who we had over here at the time starting our feasibility study on the possibility of an offshore reef.”
Ms Pearce says she hopes both the Federal and State Governments will eventually provide funding to build the reef.
“What we want to do is have a positive plan ready and then we can go to both State and Federal Governments for the $3 to $5 million to install it,” she said.
“And the other thing is, all these coastal communities that are suffering, if this plan proves successful then we have acted as a pilot plan for the rest of the coast.”