Maitland City Council Coastal and Estuary Grant to benefit Port Stephens

ESTUARY PLAN: The Hunter River at Raymond Terrace.
ESTUARY PLAN: The Hunter River at Raymond Terrace.

Port Stephens is expected to benefit from a Coastal and Estuary Grant secured by Maitland City Council.

The neighbouring council has secured $381,667 through the 2020-2021 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program to "review and reset the strategic direction of the management of the Hunter River Estuary" by developing a coastal management plan.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the NSW Government grant will help Maitland City Council develop plans to manage coastal issues in the Hunter region.

"This project will bring together Maitland City, Newcastle City, Port Stephens and Dungog Shire councils," he said.

"This long-term investment supports Maitland City Council, which has the primary role of managing coastal and estuarine issues for our communities."

The Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, said the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program supports councils to "understand the complex coastal and estuarine environment, increase coastal communities' resilience and improve the health of NSW estuaries through well-planned action".

The NSW Government has increased planning funding, providing $2 for every $1 provided by councils, to assist delivering their coastal management plans.

Councils can apply for grants to undertake planning and studies at any time during the year, while applications for grants to implement works can be made annually.