848. Hon RICK MAZZA to the minister representing the
Minister for Planning:
I refer to coastal erosion concerns
along the Western Australian coastline, particularly in the Shire of Gingin and
the City of Greater Geraldton.
(1) How has the state government
engaged with local governments on this issue?
(2) Has the state
government received correspondence from local governments, such as the Shire of
Gingin, on the subject of coastal erosion, and replied to their concerns?
(3) Have state
government ministers visited the Shire of Gingin to see the damage firsthand
and to speak to councillors; and, if not, do they plan to?
(4) Is the state government
considering a coastal protection fund for next year's state budget?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. The honourable member will have been advised that
this question was referred to the Minister for Planning, because it does not
relate to the portfolio of the Minister for Environment. The answer has been
provided by the Minister for Planning.
(1) The state
government engages with local governments through the provision of coastal
grants from the WA Planning Commission and Department of Transport; the
provision of technical support and advice to local coastal managers while they
undertake projects that receive coastal grants, share coastal information and
data, and provide specialist scientific and engineering advice for sustainable
coastal hazard management; and by participating on the Shire of Gingin and City
of Geraldton coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plan steering
(2) Recently, the
state government has received correspondence from local governments, including
the Shire of Gingin, on coastal erosion, and has and does respond accordingly.
State government agencies, including the Department of Transport and the
Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, regularly engage with and provide
technical support to local governments such as the Shire of Gingin.
(3) The minister met with the Shire
of Gingin on 7 August 2019.
(4) The state
government currently allocates around $2 million a year to assist with coastal
planning and management through a range of grant funding programs. In
recognition of how widespread coastal erosion threats are becoming both within Western
Australia and nationally, the Premier raised this issue at the Council of
Australian Governments meeting last week. The state government has also written
to the commonwealth requesting a national, cross-jurisdictional approach to
collaboratively deal with the problem, and that it be prioritised for