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Coastal protection projects share in $1 million

Eight South Australian councils and a community group will share in just over $1 million of state government grants to undertake a range of coastal protection projects.

Coastal protection projects share in $1 million

The Coast Protection Board has awarded $1,028,000 to projects worth $2.2 million under the 2023-24 Coast Protection Grants Program.

Projects include sand replenishment works at Robe and Whyalla, as well as sea wall repairs at Witton Bluff, near Port Noarlunga.

Other projects include foreshore protection works at Magazine Bay, near Wallaroo, and modelling of potential long-term environment changes at Black Point, south of Ardrossan.

The annual grant program supports coastal council projects helping to restore, protect and manage the state’s valuable coastal assets and address climate change risks.

Further to these funds, community group Victor Harbor Coastcare received $2018 under the Board’s Community Participation Grants Program.

This grant will help fund the replacement of a 6.5 metre beach-monitoring pole, which helps the group collect data about changes to beach conditions.

The Community Participation Grants support not-for-profit organisations and volunteer groups to partner with councils and undertake small-scale coastal management projects or education initiatives.

Coast Protection Board chairman Jeff Tate said South Australia was blessed with thousands of kilometres of incredible coastline.

“It is vital that we continue to manage and protect our coast for future generations and these funds support important work to do just that,” he said.

“These projects are fantastic examples of the work undertaken by councils and community groups to protect our coastline.

“This funding is an example of how the state government can support councils’ efforts to manage their coastlines, and it reflects the partnerships that exists between the state government and councils in relation to the coast.

“Congratulations to the recipients of these grants.”

The Coast Protection Board’s function is to carry out research and contribute to the protection, restoration or development of the coast.

Organisations may contact the Board to seek support for research that aligns with its priorities.

For more information visit Department for Environment and Water - Coast Protection Board.

Grant recipients



Grant amount

Witton Bluff North – Sea Wall Repair

City of Onkaparinga


City of Victor Harbor Coastal PhD Enterprise Scholarship

Victor Harbor City Council


Whyalla Foreshore - Sand Replenishment Program

Whyalla City Council


Planning and Investigation - Pt Victoria and Pt Vincent

Yorke Peninsula Council


Black Point Foreshore Modelling

Yorke Peninsula Council


Magazine Bay - Foreshore Protection Project

Copper Coast Council


Southend Sand Replenishment

Wattle Range Council


Beachport Groyne Repairs

Wattle Range Council


Sand Replenishment

District Council of Robe


North Shields Dune Protection

District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula