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South Australians love their beaches. Adelaide's beaches are the most visited public land in South Australia.

South Australia has over 5,000km of coastline (including offshore islands), and more than 90% of South Australians live on or near the coast. 

Protecting our precious coastline is critical for our environment, social and economic need.

The department uses a range of strategies and practical activities to manage and protect our coastal environments and assists the Coast Protection Board to manage coast protection. This work includes managing Adelaide's beaches since 1973.

New life for our coastal environment

Our coastline is losing its natural resilience, which means that our beaches are less able to protect themselves from storms.

Along Adelaide's metropolitan beaches, sand naturally moves from south to north. This combined with human disturbances and development on the coastline means that sand is continuing to be lost from our beaches.

The South Australian Government has committed $5.2 million to implement the New Life for our Coastal Environment policy. The commitments include:

  1. Increased funding for metropolitan beach replenishment by $500,000 per annum over two years.
  2. $1 million over two years for research and development for sand retention measures to reduce reliance on beach replenishment.  This will be opened to expressions of interest from interested organisations.
  3. $1 million for seagrass restoration along the Adelaide coast.  Carbon offset capacity is a key component of this commitment.
  4. $1 million, in partnership with local councils, for a plan to establish wetlands around the Gulf St Vincent to harvest stormwater and improve water quality.
  5. $1.2 million to build three artificial reefs for environmental and economic benefits, including as sand retention device.

Find out what else we're doing to protect our coasts across the state:

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