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Protecting our coastal environment

Protecting our coastal environment

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

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

In recognition of this, the state government is investing more in our beaches and coasts.

Securing the future of our coastline

The South Australian Government has announced new investments of $52.4 million in our beaches and coastline. The announcement includes funding over 4 years to improve both metropolitan and regional coasts:

  • $48.4 million for the metropolitan coast consisting of $20 million for additional sand including approximately 500,000m³ of newly sourced sand; and $28.4 million for the completion of a sand recycling pipeline from Semaphore to West Beach, as well as sand dune restoration and revegetation in partnership with local councils and coastal community groups. Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

New Life for our Coastal Environment

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 for two years.
  2. $1 million in research and development to improve management of Adelaide’s beaches and protect and enhance our coastal environments.
  3. $1 million in seagrass restoration with the aim of re-establishing seagrass meadows off the Adelaide coast.
  4. $1 million, in partnership with local councils to limit damaging stormwater run-off filled with sediment and pollutants from entering Gulf St Vincent.
  5. $1.2 million to establish new reef(s) for environmental and economic benefit.

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

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