Projects miss out on funds

Rebecca ParishBusselton Dunsborough Times
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The City of Busselton has been knocked back for funding by the State Government on six separate projects including a coastal hazard study for Eagle Bay, Bunker Bay, Yallingup and Smiths Beach.

The City received correspondence from the Department of Transport's maritime planning director Martin Baird informing them of the applications' outcomes for this year's Coastal Adaptation and Protection Grant scheme.

The correspondence stated the Department appreciated the "time and effort" the City spent on preparing the applications for the projects, adding the decision-making process was difficult.

Overall, 14 projects were approved for the funding worth $1.05 million.

The City received funding worth $110,000 for projects including collection of beach profile surveys, aerial photos and site photos at Geographe Bay, offshore hydrographic survey of Geographe Bay, including the Dunn Bay sand bar and West of Busselton Jetty and refurbishment of two timber groynes at Beachlands.

Engineering and works services director Oliver Darby said the funds were in "very high demand" and the application process was often highly competitive. "We were pleased to receive funding for three projects which will allow us to continue to monitor the coastal influences on the City's coastline and ongoing maintenance of coastal structures," he said.

"These six other City of Busselton coastal projects were not supported in this round of CAP funding and the City is now in the process of looking at various options for progressing these projects either through a subsequent grant application and/or utilising City resources.

"They are all important projects."

Planning and development services director Paul Needham said the coastal hazard study would progress in the 2015-16 financial year through the City's Beach Protection Reserve.

"The study will provide important hazard information on these areas of the coast," he said.

"This project … is critical to the development of a coastal adaptation plan encompassing the whole City of Busselton area."

Other projects which were denied funding include a three-year sand nourishment project, King Street seawall works and stage one of the Broadwater Beach groyne construction.

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