Grants support coastal erosion efforts in Kwinana

Grants support coastal erosion efforts in Kwinana
28 October 2021

Two Coastwest grants support community efforts to tackle coastal erosion along Kwinana’s beachfront.

Grants worth more than $50,000 from the State Government will be used to enhance community involvement in the prevention of coastal erosion within the City of Kwinana.

Image Caption: Perth NRM Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator Vanessa McGuiness with last season’s plantings at Wells Park.

A Coastal Capacity Building grant of $30,000 has been provided by the State Government’s Coastwest to Perth NRM to offer planting days and workshops across the Perth Metropolitan Area, including Kwinana.

This project will engage current and prospective community Coastcare volunteers in training, knowledge sharing, skills development and education focused on coastal conservation and restoration.

Local government coastal managers will also participate in the series of events targeting the areas of on-ground restoration of coastal sites, mobilising and empowering community, and the application of new coastal and marine management research.

A further $21,608 will be given to Perth NRM to activate the Kwinana-Rockingham Coastcare community.

This project will engage and support four emerging Coastcare groups within the Kwinana/Rockingham region to deliver a series of coastal conservation events aimed at attracting local community volunteers; building knowledge and awareness around coastal threats and management; and delivering positive on-ground outcomes for project sites.

Activities will include planting and manual weed management, marine debris collection and a targeted education event.

The City of Kwinana hosts a Perth NRM representative to support the local community in its efforts to improve the condition of the local coastline, City of Kwinana Chief Executive Officer Wayne Jack said.

“These funds will increase the community’s capacity to engage with and preserve their natural coastline and improve areas like the popular Wells Park, which is prone to damage along its edge by storm surges,” Mr Jack said.

“Photo monitoring of erosion at Kwinana’s beaches by Perth NRM will continue to be supported and the City has been a long-time host of the Perth NRM and its work with the local community.”

The Coastwest grants are part of $18.5 million announced by the State Government in August over the next five years to fight erosion and protect Western Australia’s coastline.

Email coastal@perthnrm.com to join coastal volunteering opportunities.