The Morrison Government will provide funding of $1.5 million to conserve coastal systems at Mount Martha North Beach.
Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said that the Mount Martha community, particularly the Mount Martha North Beach Group, had worked tirelessly for many years to protect the coastal environment.
“The Mount Martha community has made their views known again and again that they want this beach saved,” Mr Hunt said. “This was made apparent when close to 200 residents attended a community open house last August to discuss what needed to be done.”
“The project will involve working with the community and the Victorian Government to come up with and deliver appropriate and effective measures to reduce the ongoing impacts of erosion, including protecting and stabilising the cliff face and coastline from further damage.
“Part of the funds will be put to immediate use to control erosion, supporting beach sand re-nourishment and the re-establishment of the Mount Martha North Beach which aims to protect the adjacent coastal shoreline and vegetation.
“Project funds will also be set aside to support additional beach-sand replenishment and renourishment in the longer term to further assist the rejuvenation of the beach.
“This $1.5 million investment through the Environment Restoration Fund delivers on our election commitment to help conserve this important Peninsula beach and I look forward to progress being made.”
Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, said that the Environment Restoration Fund was supporting revegetation strategies and the stabilisation of the cliff and coastline.
“This is a sensitive coastal system and an example of the community working with government to support environmental outcomes,” Minister Ley said.