Beaches across Far North Queensland will share in $371,338 in funding to help revitalise their rich natural habitat following the unprecedented Monsoon Trough earlier this year.
Revitalisation projects at Cow Bay Beach, Pretty Beach, Oak Beach, Ellis Beach, Clifton Beach, Trinity Beach and Holloways Beach have been given the green light as part of the Australian Government’s Environmental Recovery Package.
A further three revitalisation projects totalling $361,343 will be undertaken along the Cassowary Coast at Kurrimine Beach, Kennedy Esplanade and Marine Parade.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said Local Councils and Natural Resource Management groups will assist communities with the delivery of the projects.
“Far North Queensland is known across the world for our pristine beaches and coastline,” Mr Entsch said.
“Works at Cow Bay, Oak Beach and Pretty Beach Beach will include the restoration of dunes as well as reinstating natural dune-building processes to reduce damage during future disaster events.
“The works at Ellis Beach, Clifton Beach, Trinity Beach and Holloways Beach will include replacing sand permanently lost from each system to reinstate the beach profile and repair eroded areas.
“This will go a long way in building resilience at the four sites ahead of and possible future disaster events.”
Federal Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the Environmental Recovery Package is part of the $242 million Recovery Package funded under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
“Queensland’s unique natural landscape is one of the most important markets in the tourism industry and supports thousands of jobs in the region,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Queensland is no stranger to natural disasters, and this is why funding like this is important to help communities and the environment recover.”