Line of defence: A line of sandbags at Belongil Beach, laid in an attempt to stem erosion of the beach.
Line of defence: A line of sandbags at Belongil Beach, laid in an attempt to stem erosion of the beach.

Govt pledges $738k for beach works

RESTORATION work on the storm-battered Belongil Beach will begin shortly after the NSW Government pledged $738,000 for works.

A series of storms, resulting in big seas, caused considerable damage in 2009.

"Byron Shire Council's beach front protection works took the full brunt and considerable damage was sustained by these defensive structures," Don Page, the Minister for the North Coast, said.

"As well as seawall repairs, the works undertaken at Belongil Beach will repair public access pathways to the beach front."

Mr Page said the funding had been approved by the Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, under natural disaster relief arrangements.

"Byron Shire Council has already received a grant offer of $765,410 to assist with major debris cleanup at Byron, Brunswick Heads, Bangalow, Suffolk Park and Mullumbimby," Mr Page said.

"In total over $1.5million has been made available to Byron Shire Council to assist in the recovery from the May 2009 storms and floods.

"In the last two financial years, the Department of Finance and Services has overseen more than $21million in NSW Government payments to cover the costs of emergency works and damage to council-owned assets across the state.

"This is in addition to the substantial financial assistance administered by the Roads and Traffic Authority for damage to council roads and bridges," Minister Page said.

Under an agreement with the Australian Government, NSW pays for the first $119.7 million of natural disaster infrastructure costs each year.

The Australian Government matches NSW expenditure for costs between $119.7million and $209.5million and beyond that covers three quarters of all costs.
 



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